Monday, 04 October 2021 17:28

Royal AM slammed for giving players cash on the pitch.

Staff Reporter.

Royal AM were once again in the limelight this weekend but it wasn't due to their impressive KZN derby win taking them into the top-three of the DStv Premiership.

The side who stole headlines in South African football during the off-season with their boardroom battle with the Premier Soccer League due to the controversial GladAfrica Championship promotion saga has not slowed down on controversy.

Having bought the status of Bloemfontein Celtic after failing to honour their promotion/relegation play-off fixtures amid their courtroom battle, owner Shauwn Mkhize hinted they would spice up the South African top-flight.

And it's duly been that way. Following the team two defeats in the two opening games, coach John Maduka future came into question.

But four wins from their last four games has thrown them into the upper echelons of the table behind SuperSport United and league champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

Mkhize and her son, Andile, the club chairman, walked onto the pitch with an envelope filled with cash where they looked to line up players to hand their agreed winning bonuses in front of the cameras.

One member of the entourage could be heard shouting, 'come get your sweets', to the clear dismay of club captain Lesego Manganyi and match-winner Tsepho Rikhotso. 

Several players seemed reluctant to come forth and accept it in the video that was posted on their official Instagram account despite the scenes of excitement amongst the squad prior to their entrance on the pitch.

Meanwhile the South African Football Players Union has slammed Royal AM for splashing money in front of TV cameras.

"What they did is disrespectful to the players and even to the league,"

"This was done to show off and what is sad is that they still owe some players salaries."