MaMkhize’s Royal AM ‘could face six-window ban’

Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize’s football club, Royal AM, is eagerly awaiting the verdict from the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in their transfer ban appeal case relating to striker Samir Nurkovic.

According to Kickoff, the DStv Premiership side could be slapped with a six-window ban if they lose their appeal case.


Thwihli Thwala, as Royal AM is affectionately called, is serving a Fifa transfer ban after unfairly dismissing Nurkovic – whom it was ordered to pay R12 million.

This came after the KwaZulu-Natal-based team signed the former Kaizer Chiefs player as a free agent on a two-year deal but decided to terminate the contract three months later, claiming he had been awol (absent without leave) from work.

After his contract was terminated, Nurkovic turned to Fifa in an attempt to recover R12 million in compensation from Royal AM. When MaMkhize’s club failed to pay the Serbian player, the Switzerland-based CAS – the highest international court for the resolution of sports-related disputes — handed the club a transfer ban.


Speaking about the appeal on Metro FM’s Sports Amplified With Andile Ncube, Royal AM lawyer Leruma Thobejane said CAS will make a ruling on the matter before 15 July.

“The matter was heard on 13 May 2024 if I’m correct, we put a good case, it’s up to those three arbitrators to come with the ruling. But I can tell you it was not a freeway for either Nurkovic or Fifa, it was a real contest.

“Lose or win I still believe we put a good fight, we represented ourselves with dignity and pride. I believe the arbitrators had something to think about before making a ruling.

“They requested an extended date for rendering the arbitration award, to the 15 of July, which is next week, meaning anytime we might receive the arbitral award from CAS,” Thobejane said.


Royal AM’s woes do not end there, however, as FARpost reported last year that the club was slapped with a South African Revenue Service (SARS) bill to the tune of R37 million in October.

The High Court of South Africa directed the sheriff of the court to attach and remove the movable property of the team.

In addition, MaMkhize is embroiled in a tax scandal and is at risk of losing 13 luxury vehicles under a family trust called Shandi Trust.

Some of the cars include a Rolls Royce Cullinan, Porsche Urus, Mercedes-Maybach, 2 BMW X6, and a BMW X5.

This came after SARS applied for an execution order at the Pietermaritzburg High Court on 9 May, as the businesswoman reportedly owes more than R37 million in unpaid taxes.

In the same month, EyeWitness News reported that the curators visited the businesswoman’s property but could not gain access.

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