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MaMkhize – Nurkovic Is Looking For A R12m Retirement Policy

Royal AM boss Shauwn Mkhize says she will challenge the outcome of the Samir Nurkovic‘s case, with her former striker demanding R12 million from the contract that was not honoured by the club after they signed him from Kaizer Chiefs last season.

Mkhize claimed that Nurkovic arrived at the club carrying an injury and added the Serbian striker “is just demanding a retirement policy”.

Nurkovic, according to the club, did not report for duty when their 2022/23 pre-season started and only arrived in September.

He played in the Macufe Cup match, a friendly match, in the very same month against his former club Chiefs in Bloemfontein, lasting over 70 minutes.

But he never made an official appearance for Royal AM and they terminated his contract without paying him, arguing he never arrived at the club. It is when Nurkovic took the case to FIFA for a pay-out, as he hadn’t been paid for July, August and September.

FIFA came back with a verdict that Royal AM are guilty, ruling the club will be banned from signing new players in the next two transfer windows.

Royal AM challenged the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to see it overturned but it was thrown out which was the last resort for the club to win the matter.

While the matter looks to be closed, it is not in the eyes of MaMkhize.          

“Honestly, let’s be fair, can someone just play one game which was a Macufe Cup and then be paid R12 million? It is a retirement policy for him,” said MaMkhize during the club’s official signing of their three-year deal with Msunduzi Municipality to play their home games at Harry Gwala Stadium, where the stadium is completely in their colours having removed those of Maritzburg United.

“That’s why I’m here, I’m here to challenge everything in football. I’m not going to let it go, I’m going to challenge it.

“I’m going to look into this because I think there is no fairness to the clubs, not only my club. I’m not going to do it myself only, but I’m going to be doing it for everyone else.

“A player is supposed to come and play, a player cannot come with an injury, and that is not right. You must come and play, that is your work.”

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With Mkhize saying she will challenge the Nurkovic issue, she was then asked whether the club will sign new players ahead of this season, but insisted the focus will switch to developing young players.

“Royal AM’s dream is to develop young players and that is what we want to see at Royal AM,” she replied.

“You are going to see Royal AM changing the status quo. Last year we had the young Mfundo Thikazi, Magwegwe [Siphesihle Msomi], but this year you are going to see quite a lot of young players because chairman [Andile Mpisane, who was sitting near side her], believes in developing young players.”

Royal AM will open the 2023/24 season when they host AmaZulu at Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday (17:30).   

Story by Robin-Duke Madlala (@duke_robin).

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' 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.