Royal AM CEO Sinky Mnisi has set the record straight regarding the R200 notes that the club hierarchy was seen flaunting on live Television.
Immediately after their 2-1 win over Maritzburg United on Saturday, Shauwn Mkhize, her son Andile Mpisane and other officials entered the field with hard cash.
The stunt divided opinion among the fans on social media, and the cash was believed to be a reward for Royal AM players as they had just won the match.
However, Mnisi said it was R10 000 bets that the players and owner Mkhize participated in as part of raising funds to buy soccer kits to different football academies in Maritzburg.
“It was R10 000 bets, which the chairlady also participated in with the aim of buying full set of soccer kit to the chosen academies,” said Mnisi to Daily Sun.
“We have noticed the criticism on social media that we were paying players bonuses incentives in cash in the field, which is not the case. This is part of our team building exercise, as well as social responsibility by thinking at developing different academies.”
Mnisi said Royal AM understand that other people might have been offended by the gesture but reiterated it was not for the players.
“We understand this might have offended other people, but it was for a good cause,” he explained.
“People thought we were demeaning the players (with cash payments) and it was not for that purpose or bragging,” continued Mnisi.
According to Mnisi, this was also part of team building but he took full responsibility of the incident which he said was now water under the bridge.
“We’re not arrogant but creating team building exercise. Sometimes you’d find yourself turning positives into negatives, especially after such a good win and also thinking about the two academies, which should be a positive thing,” reiterated Mnisi.
He added: “We appreciate fact that people have raised concern but as CEO of the club, I take full responsibility hence I wanted to make it clear.
“I guess people will understand and it’s now water under the bridge. We take fair criticism and appreciate that people love Royal AM across the country.”
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Publish date : 2021-10-04 17:32:17