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Royal AM clarify cash payments to players

Royal AM chief executive, Sinky Mnisi, has clarified the “confusion” surrounding the stacks of cash that was dished out to players at the weekend, which was “mistakenly” assumed to be bonus incentives to players.

This is following their 2-1 win over fellow provincial rivals Maritzburg United in their DStv Premiership KZN derby at Chatsworth Stadiumon Sunday.

But Mnisi said the money was payouts from bets (contribution into a kitty) that players made among each other, including chairman Andile Mpisane who participated, with the loot directed at “two soccer academies that will be benefit from the proceeds”.

He said the club will publicly on Wednesday go to the said Maritzburg academies where they will make their donations openly “for all to see”.

“Players contributed money into a kitty to make it reach at least R10 000, which the chairman also participated in with the aim of buying full set of soccer kit to the chosen academies,” said Mnisi.

“We have noticed the criticism on social media that we were paying players bonuses incentives in cash in the field, which is not the case. This is part of our team building exercise, as well as social responsibility by thinking at developing different academies.”

Mnisi further pointed out that they would like to clear the confusion.

“We understand this might have offended other people, but it was for a good cause,” emphasised Mnisi on Monday.

“People thought we were demeaning the players (with cash payments) and it was not for that purpose or bragging. We’re not arrogant but creating team building exercise. Sometimes you’d find yourself turning positives into negatives, especially after such a good win and also thinking about the two academies, which should be a positive thing.
“We appreciate fact that people have raised concern. But as CEO of the club, I take full responsibility hence I wanted to make it clear. I guess people will understand and it’s now water under the bridge. We take fair criticism and appreciate that people love Royal AM across the country.”

But whether PSL would charge Royal AM for their dishing out of cash in full view of TV cameras remains to be seen, while SARS’ Siphiti Sibiya declined to comment on the matter “unless we have full understanding of what the cash was all about”.


Royal AM players are not happy with the gesture made by the club owner Shauwn Mkhize and chairman Andile Mpisane of bringing their winning bonus on the field soon after winning the KZN derby. The flamboyant business family thought it was a great idea to flaunt the cash soon after their 2-1 victory over Maritzburg United, but they…Learn more

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