WATCH | ‘This is not a stokvel’ — Royal AM rewarding their players with hard cash has the internet shooketh
Royal AM promised to bring glitz, glamour and shake up the PSL, and they have so far kept their promise.
After rewarding themselves trophies and medals last year and hosting dance parties in the stands each week this season, the club again found itself the talk of Mzansi for giving their players cash incentives while still on the pitch.
A video of a club official counting bank notes and putting them in an envelope for a player went viral.
Club owner Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize is seen in the video helping the official count and store the money.
This is amateurish behaviour which @OfficialPSL must never allow. @BabizebonkeZ @SuperSportTV this is not what we signed for. Nothing wrong with rewarding your players but order and decency must be a bare minimum standard to be observed pic.twitter.com/kKsOUaqSyP— Sphiwe Dubandlela (@dubsphiwe) October 3, 2021
The handover came after Royal AM's 2-1 league win against provincial rivals Maritzburg United at Chatsworth stadium on Sunday afternoon.
After a tense first half, the game came alive when Victor Letsoalo put his side ahead in the 70th minute. Zukile Kewuti drew United level on the 85th minute, only for Tshepo Rikhotso to score off a rebound with one of the last kicks of the game.
It was a fourth win in a row for Royal and they moved to third place on the standings.
The club was slammed by many on social media for giving out cash, with some calling them “amateurish” and “unnecessary”.
Others defended the club and its officials, saying they could give out incentives however they liked.
Why do you consider it problematic for Royal AM to hand out performance bonuses in cash form? You prefer that payment be wired into bank accounts so the banks can make even more money in fees?— Hughes (@TheRealPro7) October 3, 2021
For those of u who are booiing Mamkhize for giving her players Hard cash please remember— I sell Car Mudflaps For R300 set (@Foreman73106776) October 3, 2021
It's her team she can do whatever she likes
When Royal AM lose y'all will be talking smack
Let them enjoy their moment their way Andile Mpisane is starting to run the streets pic.twitter.com/PrroCaBmnB
Lol chill my brother and leave Royal AM chairman alone because is not a crime to reward his players with hard cash.— seruleng serepo (@seruleng) October 3, 2021