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Mnisi – Why Royal AM Offloaded 15 Players & Technical Staff

Royal AM CEO, Sinky Mnisi has explained why the club has released as many as 15 players and three backroom staff members ahead of the second half of the DStv Premiership campaign.

The club took over Bloemfontein Celtic at the beginning of the season, combining players and technical staff from both teams, which resulted in having a massive squad of around 60 players when the team was relocated to Kwazulu-Natal.

Mnisi has now insisted that it was important to trim the squad for the second half of the season in order to keep the financial balance right.

“I have been busy with the program of restructuring the team, we bought Celtic with its technical staff, including players with their contracts,” Mnisi told Nyiko Sithole on MLFM SABC radio.

“We want to avoid seeing this team not paying players or staff members their salaries one day in the future, so I decided to check who have been playing and who have not playing since we started.

“What is the most important thing that happened to the team is we released about 15 players, some we sold them, like Lucky Baloyi to Maritzburg, one was expelled because of playing Township festive tournament and most of them we made an agreement and they all received their monies and all signing fees.

“I want to put it in record today, we have spent almost R7 million because of debts, including the R3 million that we paid for Patrick Tignyemb and all other things.

“It was not going to work, I’m being honest now, we intend to concentrate on playing and survive, also to pay our workers without any problems at the end of the month.

“Remember we don’t have supporters at the stadiums now, we don’t have any sponsor at the team, so it was not going to work.”

When asked about letting go of the three technical staff members who came from the Celtic side, Mnisi also explained that the reason was based on financials.

“Look, coaches come and go, players come and go, that’s what I can tell you about football and coaching is not permanent,” he added.

“We released the video analyst (Kgosi Molokwane), assistant coach (Ditheko Mototo) and the goalkeeper coach Mr. Simon Gopane because we are not a team like Mamelodi Sundowns, we are a small team, we can’t have three or four coaches like that.

“We are left with coach (John) Maduka and his assistant coach, who will adapt to work with those who are left here because currently, the best thing for the team is to survive, I had to take this decision because if I don’t, this team will suffer financially.”

The players to have exited are Baloyi; Siphelele Luthuli and Ronald Pfumbidzai, who have both been announced by Chippa; Richards Bay have signed Tshepo Moeketsi, Tshepo Malope and Mereko Mokone; while Reagan van der Ross, Sera Motebang, Moffat Mdluli, Tebogo Khasipe, Vusi Shikweni, Tumelo Njoti, Shadrack Kobedi, Jabulani Ncobeni and Jackson Mabokgwane were also believed to have been released.

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