Financial Struggles Plague Shauwn Mkhize’s Royal AM Football Club, Players Demand Unpaid Salaries
Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize, known for her financial successes, is facing challenges as her women’s team, Royal AM Ladies Football Club, finds itself embroiled in a financial crisis. Reports have surfaced that the club’s players have not received their salaries for the months of December and January. This situation has left the players frustrated and considering a return to their previous clubs, raising concerns about the club’s financial stability and its ability to fulfill its obligations.
Allegations of Treatment Disparities and Neglected Injured Players
According to Sunday World, the club’s general manager, Richard Makhoba, informed the players during a meeting on Friday that their contracts had expired, resulting in non-payment of salaries.
However, insiders have revealed other issues plaguing the club, including changes in treatment, inadequate care for injured players, and a decline in the quality of food provided.
Financial Struggles Contradict Club’s Image
Contrary to public perception, which assumes that being associated with “MaMkhize” guarantees financial security, the players have found themselves in a precarious position. The source stated that the players did not receive their salaries during the festive season last year and faced a similar situation in January. The financial struggles also extend to the men’s team, which competes in the DStv Premiership, further exacerbating the club’s woes.
In response to the allegations, Makhoba argued that Royal AM has no obligation to pay its women’s team during the off-season, as they receive a monthly stipend rather than a contracted salary. He also claimed that the league had not paid the prize money owed to the club. Makhoba cited the rules of the South African Football Association (SAFA), which state that the registration of amateur players is valid for only one season.
MaMkhize’s Royal AM Football Club Faces Previous Tax Woes and FIFA Transfer Ban
It is worth noting that Royal AM Football Club faced financial troubles in the past. In October, the club was hit with a tax bill amounting to R37 million, leading to the High Court of South Africa authorizing the seizure of the club’s movable assets. Additionally, the club is currently serving a FIFA transfer ban due to the unfair dismissal of striker Samir Nurkovic, for which it was ordered to pay R12 million.