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Desperate Royal AM Bring Back Heugh

Struggling KwaZulu-Natal side Royal AM have brought back goalkeeper Marlon Heugh due their FIFA ban and the worsening goalkeeper situation. 

Heugh was one of those players who were deemed surplus to requirements by the club sometime last season when they were loaned out to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM), but it backfired as the Limpopo club was relegated to the regional ABC Motsepe League. 

While the club was looking to offload Heugh, they have decided to bring him back due to the FIFA ban, with club president Shauwn Mkhize appearing unwilling to pay the money owed to former striker Samir Nurkovic in order to overturn it instead of not being able to sign players for the next two windows.

Another player, who was faced with the same situation was Thabo Matlaba, who the club got rid of at the end of last season, but when the ban came along, they went back and recalled him. 

Heugh joined Royal AM in the second half of the 2021/22 season from TS Galaxy along with Mxolisi Macuphu when Sinky Mnisi was the club’s CEO, having known the player at Highlands Park where he was the club’s director and shareholder. 

Heugh’s return is a sign of desperation from Royal AM, not only about the ban, but also because they are set to be without their number one goalkeeper Hugo Nyame due to a long-term injury in his knee. 

In goals they have preferred Xolani Ngcobo and Mondli Mpoto, but neither of them have impressed so far, which has led to the club to recalling Heugh to address the issue. 

The 33-year-old was in the stands as Royal AM were beaten 3-1 by Stellenbosch FC at Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday, when Ngcobo was in goals. 

It was Royal AM’s second loss on the bounce this season after they were routed 4-2 by Orlando Pirates last weekend away. 

Following this loss, Royal AM dropped to 14th on the DStv Premiership table with one point after three matches, leading coach John Maduka to call his side to change the fortunes before it gets too late.      

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' former KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN. Robin-Duke has left iDiski Times.
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