Chiefs most successful overall

The current Premiership champions have won 11 League titles since the formation of the National Professional Soccer League in 1971, just two more than Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates and only three ahead of Mamelodi Sundowns.

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And if you take the Premier Soccer League era into account, Chiefs have three league titles to Pirates’ four and Sundowns’ five.

But current Amakhosi coach Stuart Baxter is hoping to create a new dynasty of success for the side after last season’s League and Cup double.

Their championship win last year did ensure at least that they have won the League in every decade since the formation of the NPSL – three in the 1970s, three in the 1980s, two in the 1990s, two in the 2000s, and their success last year.

A total of 15 clubs have won the League title since 1971, but only five of them multiple times, with SuperSport United (three) and Durban City (two) the others outside of the ‘Big Three’.

Bush Bucks, Cape Town Spurs, Highlands Park, Jomo Cosmos, Lusitano, Manning Rangers, Rangers, Santos and Zulu Royals (now AmaZulu) are the others.

NPSL/NSL/PSL League winners:
1971 – Orlando Pirates
1972 – Zulu Royals
1973 – Orlando Pirates
1974 – Kaizer Chiefs
1975 – Orlando Pirates
1976 – Orlando Pirates
1977 – Kaizer Chiefs
1978 – Lusitano
1979 – Kaizer Chiefs
1980 – Highlands Park
1981 – Kaizer Chiefs
1982 – Durban City
1983 – Durban City
1984 – Kaizer Chiefs
1985 – Bush Bucks
1986 – Rangers
1987 – Jomo Cosmos
1988 – Mamelodi Sundowns
1989 – Kaizer Chiefs
1990 – Mamelodi Sundowns
1991 – Kaizer Chiefs
1992 – Kaizer Chiefs
1993 – Mamelodi Sundowns
1994 – Orlando Pirates
1995 – Cape Town Spurs
1996/97 – Manning Rangers
1997/98 - Mamelodi Sundowns
1998/99 - Mamelodi Sundowns
1999/2000 –Mamelodi Sundowns
2000/01 – Orlando Pirates
2001/02 - Santos
2002/03 – Orlando Pirates
2003/04 – Kaizer Chiefs
2004/05 – Kaizer Chiefs
2005/06 – Mamelodi Sundowns
2006/07 – Mamelodi Sundowns
2007/08 – SuperSport United
2008/09 - SuperSport United
2009/10 - SuperSport United
2010/11 – Orlando Pirates
2011/12 – Orlando Pirates
2012/13 - Kaizer Chiefs

Totals:
11-Kaizer Chiefs
9-Orlando Pirates
8-Mamelodi Sundowns
3-SuperSport United
2-Durban City
1-Bush Bucks, Cape Town Spurs, Highlands Park, Jomo Cosmos, Lusitano, Manning Rangers, Rangers, Santos, Zulu Royals

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