The year 2014 has come and gone with plenty of highs and lows during another unforgettable 12 months for South African football.
PSL.co.za looks back at some of the moments that stood out, both good and bad, as well as the major talking points experienced by the country’s top-flight clubs.
January 3: Maritzburg United announce the axing of Clinton Larsen as coach, less than three months into the job. He was in charge for just nine games. Three days later Steve Komphela was unveiled as the new Team of Choice boss.
January 16: Lehlohonolo Majoro quits Kaizer Chiefs for rivals Orlando Pirates, days after initially being unveiled as a SuperSport United player.
January 23: Ajax Cape Town are the second club to change coaches in January when Muhsin Ertugral resigns due to personal reasons.
January 31: There was even a third managerial departure in January when Roger de Sa stepped down from his job as Orlando Pirates coach.
February 3: Chiefs announce they have secured the early release of Katlego Mphela from Mamelodi Sundowns. They had signed a pre-contract arrangement with the striker in January, but brought him in on loan deal earlier.
February 14: Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladamir Vermezovic is announced as the new coach of Orlando Pirates, signing a three-year deal.
February 20: Ajax Cape Town announced that Roger de Sa has been appointed as the head coach of the club, just under a month after the departure of Muhsin Ertugral.
March 29: Kaizer Chiefs were eliminated from the CAF Champions League in the final qualifying round despite beating AS Vita of DR Congo 2-0 at FNB Stadium. Amakhosi lost the first leg 3-0 in Kinshasa and bowed out 3-2 on aggregate.
April 19: Chippa United, under coach Vladislav Heric, were promoted to the Absa Premiership after being crowned National First Division champions. Their fate was sealed without kicking a ball after both Jomo Cosmos and Milano failed to win.
May 6: Mamelodi Sundowns secured their first Absa Premiership title in seven years with a 3-0 win over SuperSport United at Loftus Stadium in Pretoria. They won the championship with a game to spare.
May 6: Lamontville Golden Arrows were formally relegated to the Nation First Division after losing 1-0 to AmaZulu in the KwaZulu-Natal derby.
May 17: Kermit Erasmus scored a brace as Orlando Pirates came from behind to beat Bidvest Wits 3-1 in the Nedbank Cup final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Sifiso Myeni was also on target in an otherwise disappointing term for the Bucs.
May 18: Bidvest Wits midfielder was the big winner at the Premier Soccer League (PSL) awards, after being named Footballer of the Season, Absa Premiership Player’s Player of the Year and the Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament. Ajax Cape Town star Keagan Dolly was voted Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season and Mamelodi Sundowns boss Pitso Mosimane named as Coach of the Year.
June 6: Chippa United name Kosta Papic as their new coach after terminating the contract of former coach Vladislav Heric shortly after he won them the title.
June 28: Belgian Tom Saintfiet is named as the new coach of Free State Stars after the club narrowly escaped relegation the previous season.
July 14: Absa Premiership new boys announce that they have relocated from Cape Town to Port Elizabeth. Their new home is named as the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
August 29: SuperSport United reveal they have parted ways with coach Cavin Johnson after a poor start to the season. Gordon Igesund was named as his replacement less than a week later.
September 1: Boebie Solomons is the next coach to leave his position as head of Polokwane City. He was to be replaced by Kosta Papic 10 days later.
September 3: Kosta Papic resigns as coach of Chippa United, less than three months after taking the job. Roger Sikhakhane placed in temporary charge, before getting the job on a full-time basis later in the year.
September 20: Kaizer Chiefs crowned MTN8 champions after they beat rivals Orlando Pirates 1-0 in the final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban. Tefu Mashamaite scored the winner.
October 15: AmaZulu parted ways with their coach Craig Rosslee, a few days after he was placed on gardening leave.
October 20: Moroka Swallows were the fourth club inside a month to lose their coach after Zeca Marques resigned. Fani Madida was placed in change on a caretaker basis.
October 26: Orlando Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa is shot dead by intruders at the home of his girlfriend. The death of the 27-yer-old shocks the country and the entire footballing world.
November 6: Free State Stars fire coach Tom Saintfiet after only 10 matches and a little over four months in charge. Kinnah Phiri is named interim coach.
November 23: Steve Barker resigned as head coach of University of Pretoria to take over at AmaZulu. Barker was replaced at Tuks by a joint-coaching team of Sammy Troughton and Selaotse Mosala.
November 29: Thuso Phala scores in extra-time to hand SuperSport United their first-ever Telkom Knockout crown as they upstage defending champions Platinum Stars 3-2 in a thrilling Orlando Stadium final.
December 3: Vladimir Vermezovic resigns as coach of Orlando Pirates following a spate of indifferent results and criticism from fans.
December 15: Bloemfontein Celtic fire coach Ernst Middendorp and replaced him with the man that he initially displaced, Clinton Larsen.
December 20: Kaizer Chiefs are unbeaten in the Absa Premiership and end the year 15 points clear of defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns after finishing 2014 with a 1-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces.
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