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Take MaMkhize’s team seriously – they are coming for everything!

Royal AM had a rough start with legal battles and disgruntled players, but they are dominating the traditional big teams. It looks like the fans of said teams are also impressed, and might look to join MaMkhize’s success train
Thu, Apr 07, 2022

Royal AM’s flamboyant boss Shauwn ‘MaMkhize’ Mkhize was recently in Miami playing in the water and whizzing about on a snazzy Jet Ski. The drip from the soft life in the background says it all, Miami is a playground for those who do not mind blowing a few million bucks now and then.

She gets the biggest joy when people admire her lifestyle and owning a PSL club was the best vanity project she could ever embark on.

Because if you can get it right, those top echelons of football can open so many doors for you – it can give you access to luminaries such as Kaizer Motaung, Dr Irvin Khoza, your Benni McCarthys, the Lucas Radebes, Doctor Khumalo, Dr Danny Jordaan, speed dials to TV personalities, top-notch politicians, musicians, actors, billionaires and other esteemed captains of industry. This is just the kind of life she and her son Andile Mpisane have acquired.

She is already showing local soccer supporters that the new kids on the block are going to grab the baton and take the PSL to the next level. You can like or dislike MaMkhize for her sometimes-eccentric ways, but she is already laying the foundation for the next generation in the PSL.

Many football followers are now toying around with the idea of joining Royal AM, especially the disgruntled ones now that Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates are bungling and allowing Sundowns to widen the gap between them and the rest of the teams by lightyears.

As the saying goes, money makes the world go round and today, Manchester City fans are the happiest after the Abu Dhabi United Group, under Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan pumped billions into the club in 2008. So, I reckon that the meathead who once said that money cannot buy happiness, is dead wrong… MaMkhize and her people could be onto something great here.

They may have had a rollercoaster start to the season, but they seem to have settled down and are now implementing their plans. When they bought the PSL status of Bloemfontein Celtic, they were in sixes and sevens with court cases, legal battles, unhappy and disgruntled players who were yanked away from their families and taken to KwaZulu-Natal in a huff… it was a mess.

But they have really managed to set the scene alight in their first season in the PSL, against all expectations. Her maverick methods may need a little refining – like that incident where she took out wards of cash and paid her players huge bonuses on the field and in front of live TV cameras – but she will get it right one day, because truly speaking, she seems to be on the right track here and her club is nailing opponents left and right in the league.

Before Wednesday’s match against Marumo Gallants FC, MaMkhize’s boys had not tasted a single defeat in the DStv Premiership this year. They’re now position No. 2 and no new team has ever achieved such a feat in the top-tier league.

Among their impressive victories was when they outclassed and outplayed TS Galaxy 4-1 in their last match. They also defeated PSL three-time champions SuperSport United 2-0 in their own backyard. Swallows FC have also felt the wrath of MaMkhize’s boys.

The boys are smelling success – they seem to be financially and mentally motivated. And once they start getting used to winning, it’s going to be very difficult to stop the juggernaut. Sundowns may be known as “Abafana Ba Style” but soon enough, Royal AM may just snatch that moniker from right under their nose…

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