Parent page: Top South African Teams
There are big soccer teams in South Africa and each is famous for something. These teams are termed as best of the best according to certain factors, as discussed below.
The Most Titled Club
Kaizer Chiefs leads with the biggest overall number of trophies. Chiefs held national championships 12 times, PSL Champions 4 times, 5 and 4 times champions in NPSL and NSL respectively. Chiefs have a total of 41 domestic cups, having won 15 MTN8 trophies and 13 trophies for both Telkom Knockout and Nedbank Cups. In 2001, Chiefs won the African Cup of Nations.
The Richest Club
Mamelodi Sundowns is the richest South African Soccer club with a net worth of approximately $11 million. This explains why Sundowns can afford expensive signings like Jose Ali Meza and Phakamani Mahlambi, who cost the club about R26 million. Sundowns pays its players well. For example, Oupa Manyisa earns R300,000 monthly.
Most Successful at International Level
Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns tie in terms of top soccer teams in international competitions. Pirates won both the CAF Champions League in 1995 and CAF Super Cup in 1996. Sundowns won the CAF Champions League in 2016 and the CAF Super Cup in 2017.
The Oldest Club
Bidvest Wits F.C. is the oldest soccer team in South Africa. It was founded in 1921 by students of the Wits University. Wits have been in existence for over 90 years and have won one PSL title, 3 Telkom Knockout trophies, 2 Nedbank Cups, and 3 MTN8 medals. This team still has a close partnership with the University of Witwatersrand.
Most Popular Club
Bloemfontein Celtic is the most popular team in South Africa for now. This team has an average of 25000 spectators per match.
South Africa might not be having the best of times in national football, but the domestic league is on another level.