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Ma-Mkhize Hits Back

Royal AM president Shauwn Mhkize has hit back at allegations that more than 15 players had not been paid.

Mkhize and her family bought the DStv Premiership status of Bloemfontein Celtic and moved the first team from Free State to Durban.

However, there had been claims in local media that players refused to train on Thursday due to various issues following the relocation, including “more than 15 players” not being paid.

Mkhize, though, has taken to Instagram to rubbish the allegations, saying only eight players were not able to receive salaries due to “issues with their contracts”.

Ma-Mkhize published the following statement on her Instagram account:

I wish to clarify some of the damning allegations that were made:

1. Our match with AmaZulu FC was cancelled due to medical issues with @amazulu_fc the team were having which I am not at liberty to discuss further but feel free to contact them.

2. 8 players were not able to receive payment due to issues with their contracts needing to be finalised. The matter is ongoing and being sorted hence we have personally called the union President to come and assist 

3. Players that are sharing rooms is out of choice not because we forced them to. They are friends and they asked to be put in the same room.

4. We are not responsible for housing players and their families. They are professional players who earn salaries and are liaible for their housing arrangements. We provide accommodation in-season when the team is camping at the base.

5. I know journalists have some code “never reveal my source” my advise is to make sure that your “source” knows what they are talking about!!! Royal AM has a full team of people that are qualified to comment and verify on any queries you may have.

I really hope that journalists and media houses that wish to write about me, my family or my team will do a better job in ensuring that they publish facts and not heresay.

Royal AM have lost their opening two Premiership games and will next be in action against Chippa United on 12 September.