It was my birthday on Tuesday, 1 November, and as a Kaizer Chiefs fan I got a pretty incredible gift as our arch nemesis Orlando Pirates tasted the most remarkable defeat at the hands of the most successful Chiefs coach in the PSL era. The 6-1 defeat to Supersport left Mushin Ertugal offering his resignation and Pirates fans devastated, but there is a silver lining on the fact that this is not the worst defeat in PSL history at least! Although scant consolation, the Pirates defeat was the 52nd time in the PSL that a team had lost by five or more. Here are the 8 biggest victories since the PSL was started in 1996.
2004 – Supersport United 8-1 Amazulu
The only place to start is with Pirates looters themselves Supersport United who own the record of the biggest victory in PSL history. With Pitso at the helm the team finished third in this season to begin a period of success that would span five or six years culminating in the hat-trick of titles under Gavin Hunt. Amazulu (at the time known as Zulu Royals) scored first through Phumlani Mkhize but that is as far as the joy went for the KZN club. And at half-time the Pretoria boys had taken a 2-1 lead. They went on to score 6 second half goals (Familiar Pirates fans?) in a display that is still felt by many 12 years later. 3-1 at 75 minutes became 8-1 at full time with Grant Johnson, Daniel Matsau (2), Dennis Masina and Richard Ferreira feasting at the buffet table. 12 years later no one has bettered this result.
Of course for Pirates fans it will at least help to know that Supersport have done it on more than one occasion in the PSL. In the 2011/12 season the Nedbank Cup champions Supersport, just two years after their hat-trick of titles, put together the perfect performance to dismantle Maritzburg. 3-0 at 70 minutes was ruthlessly turned into 7-0 at full time as Langerman, Maluleke and Hartog grabbed late goals to consign Maritzburg to their biggest ever defeat. At the start of this game these were the only two undefeated teams in the PSL season, at the end it was clear which one was a title contender. Supersport finished third, while Martizburg finished 11th.
2001 – Manning Rangers 7-0 Hellenic
Hellenic may be holders of the biggest ever away win in PSL history (see below) but they are also holder of one of the worst away defeats in PSL history. In one of the opening weekends of a season that would see a shock title winner in Santos, Manning Rangers were in belligerent mood with six different scorers netting in the perfect seven. The first ever PSL champions were never able to emulate their initial success and in 2006 filed for bankruptcy being bought out by the Fidentia Group and were then taken over and renamed as Ikapa Sporting playing in the ABC Motsepe League. Their fans can at least still look back to those early PSL years and remember them with some glee.
2013 – Mamelodi Sundowns 7-1 AmaZulu
Sundowns incredibly have three of the eight biggest victories in the PSL, and it would be another in a title winning season, with Kaizer Chiefs in second. The deadly duo of Katlego Mphela and Katlego Mashego each grabbed a brace for the Chloorklop club in dismantling the much loved AmaZulu. When Kekana rocketed home a bullet in the second minute you immediately worried that it would be a long night for AmaZulu, few would have anticipated this long. At 4-0 down Amazulu pulled one back through a penalty, but ultimately were steamrolled in a manner befitting of champions.
Incredibly this was Black Leopards first year in the PSL, where they would stay for a further 7 before their first relegation from the PSL. This was a special night for the Venda club thought was only ruined slightly by an injury time consolation goal for Bush Bucks. It was just 2-0 at half time, but a second half barrage with Mulaudzi and Ramudzule completing their braces while Sikhivule netted his own brace. It was a night of sensational quality that would live long with the fans of Leopards. Bush Bucks on the other hand now no longer exist with a new Bush Bucks being formed having nothing to do with them. What a pity.
1997 – Witbank Aces 1-7 Hellenic
Witbank Aces, who would later become Mpumalanga Black Aces before being sold to form Cape Town City FC, have the record as the heaviest home defeat in history of the PSL. The inaugural season of the Premier Soccer League was one to forget for the now non-existent club, finishing so far adrift that second bottom Michau Warriors had almost double their points tally. Their defeat to Hellenic in the last game of the season was just the cherry that this pathetic season needed on top. Hellenic themselves would finish fourth in that first season before later becoming Benoni Premier United (and a couple of years later Thanda Royal Zulu)
1998 – Mamelodi Sundowns 7-1 Santos
Mamelodi Sundowns were also a dominant force in the late nineties under the guidance of the late Ted Dumitru. Having beat Chiefs to the title in 1997/1998 by five points, would defend their title but only by goal difference over the Glamour Boys. This would be one of the two major results that cemented the title for Masandawana. The first team to truly taste the wrath of the Sundown’s strike force was Santos who were blown away as early as August. They would not be the last team. Santos would become PSL Champions a couple of years later in 2002, but this defeat still remains their heaviest in league football. They now ply their trade in the NFD.
1999 – Mamelodi Sundowns 7-1 Vaal Pros
The Vaal Pros were once a dominant force in South African football, but really struggled significantly in the 1998/1999 season, losing their way. They were the second team in the space of just 6 months to ship 7 goals to the eventual champions on their way to their relegation in the final season, to date, in the Premier Soccer League. The Vaal Pros are still in existence and currently sit second in the ABC Motsepe Gauteng league undefeated after 7 games with a massive desire to get back to the big leagues.