MTN8: 2015 in Numbers

The 2015/16 MTN8 concluded over the weekend with Ajax Cape Town clinching the title with a 1-0 victory over defending champions Kaizer Chiefs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Urban Warriors forward Nathan Paulse scored the goal that decided the title when he converted a penalty after 56 minutes.

PSL.co.za looks back at the competition in numbers.

1 - The Urban Warriors had never previously won the MTN8 title before Saturday. They reached two previous finals (2000 and 2009) where they ended as runners-up.

2 - Ajax's win also means that the Western Cape are now second on the provincial list for Top Eight titles. The region also won the 2002 edition through Santos. Gauteng leads the way with 35 overall titles. Four other provinces have won the title on a single occasion each.

3 - The number of clean sheets kept by Ajax in the 2015 competition. Apart from blanking out Chiefs, they also denied Orlando Pirates from scoring in the quarter-final and Bidvest Wits in the semi-final second-leg.

3 - This was also the number of goals scored by competition top-scorer George Lebese. The Chiefs attacker netted a brace in the last eight against Maritzburg United and added another to his tally in the second-leg semi-final against Bloemfontein Celtic. Three players ended on two goals each - Amakhosi frontman Bernard Parker, Bidvest Wits' veteran Namibian Henrico Botes and final hero Paulse.

5 - The number of cup finals previously reached by Ajax coach Roger de Sa without ending on the winning side. Fortunately it was sixth time lucky for the former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper.

6 - Saturday's loss means Chiefs join Pirates with the unwanted distinction of ending runners-up the most times. They were also silver medal winners in 1970s and 80s as well as 1995, 2004 and 2011. Mamelodi Sundowns ended as bridesmaids five times.

7 - Amakhosi were the top-scoring team in 2015 after netting seven times. The Urban Warriors only scored four goals, but crucially they came at the right times and were enough to win the title. Semi-finalists the Students also netted four times.

15 - Chiefs failed to add to their overall record of 15 Top Eight tournament wins. Pirates are next best on nine wins.

22 - The total number of goals scored in this season's competition. That was the same as last year, which was the second fewest in the MTN8 era - since 2008 - with 25 coming in 2013, 28 in 2012 and 22 in 2011. The fewest was 20 (2010) and the most 30 (2009), while the inaugural event in 2008 produced 26 goals.