Mnisi Breaks Silence After Royal AM Debacle

Author: Lorenz Kohler
 | Date: August 3, 2022

Royal AM CEO Sinky Mnisi has spoken out to the media after calling a press conference without owner Shauwn Mkhize and Chairman Andile Mpisane.

It was alleged that Mnisi was suspended by Mkhize last month after the sudden resignation of head coach John Maduka, who has led the side to third place in the league.

The former Highlands Park CEO then secured Khabo Zondo as his successor, while Dan Malesela has since been added to the technical team with Abram ‘Wire’ Nteo also included.

However, there’s was official word from the club over Mnisi’s future with question marks also raised about the Victor Letsoalo transfer saga where he was linked with Kaizer Chiefs but surprisingly made a switch to Sekhukhune United.

But Mnisi, speaking at the OR Tambo Premier Hotel set the record straight on what has transpired over the last few weeks at Thwihli Thwahla.

“I’ve been headhunted everywhere I’ve gone, my record is impeccable,” he said on Wednesday morning.

“For quite some time I’ve been very, very quiet. This particular individual that we know he can be vocal, why has he been quiet?

“I’ll give you the answer by the end of the day.

“The events of the club demands my alleged suspension, charges pursuit by Royal AM has taken a toll on my reputation. I have taken legal advice not to respond to media statements regarding alleged suspension charges but to wait for the stones to circle and to then comprehensively respond once and for all.

“Speculation were rife in the media regarding my suspension. These reasons ranged from releasing coach Maduka without the knowledge of Royal AM, while the president of Royal AM was overseas, they hiring of coach Khabo Zondo, the sale of Given Mashikinya, the release of Mabena, the sale of Letsoalo and signing of Marlon Heugh for a longer period instead of one season as well as leading the team and taking my own decisions.

“For the record, to the members of the media, all the allegations made against me factually incorrect, without substance and malicious. I had high expectations that the president of Royal AM refute and distance herself from these allegations.

“In particular because some publications called her the source of the allegations against me and she appeared at various platforms where the question of my suspension was directed at her and she did not categorically deny that allegation.

“For the public information, I thought it would it would be good for me to put the truth on the table for everyone to judge for themselves. I will give you copies of this particular statement…”

After discussing a wide range of topics such as the sale of Letsoalo, where he insisted he was not part of any negotiations, among others, Mnisi stated that he is

“I feel offended, I feel humiliated, where am now I am told that I was sinking the team,” he added.

“I’ve decided to take a special leave. I remain CEO of Royal AM Football Club to allow the allegations by the media against me to slow down.

“You want to know whether I’m resigning, no, no! I’ve informed the president, I’ve sent an email to the club that I’m taking a special leave.

“Everything negative is attributed to me. When there’s something positive in the team it’s everyone else but Sinky Mnisi.

“I’ve never been suspended. No one has shown a suspension letter, there is no charge sheet. I’m going to relax, I’m taking a special leave.

“There is nothing to hide, I’ve also received my salary, I’ve been paid.”

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