Shauwn MaMkhize has reacted to being booed after a Royal AM match on Sunday. Images via Instagram @kwa_mammkhize

Confusion over Royal AM ownership: MaMkhize ‘clarifies’ [watch]

MaMkhize’s ownership of PSL club Royal AM is still a mystery after she failed to give a satisfactory explanation when questioned.


Shauwn MaMkhize has reacted to being booed after a Royal AM match on Sunday. Images via Instagram @kwa_mammkhize

Multi-millionaire Shauwn “MaMkhize” Mkhize has left many soccer fans confused about the ownership of the Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Royal AM.

Since acquiring the football team, previously known as Bloemfontein Celtics, in 2021, fans have been under the impression that the businesswoman is the owner. However, in an interview with sportscaster Andile Ncube on his Metro FM show Sports Night Amplified, her explanation left fans with more questions than answers.

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In 2014, the Mpisane family founded the football club Royal Eagles. When MaMkhize and her estranged husband Sbu Mpisane separated, she left the club after a legal battle and went on to buy GladAfrica Championship outfit Real Kings in 2019. The club’s name was changed to Royal AM and her son, Andile Mpisane, was appointed chairman.

In 2021, after failing to win PSL promotion, the construction magnate went on to buy Bloemfontein Celtics which previously played in the PSL.

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However, the National Soccer League (NSL) Handbook prohibits anyone from buying another team if they were involved in owning a club within a year. For this reason, in the sale of Bloemfontein Celtics, the documentation named Mkhize’s sister Nozipho Ngubo as “the acquirer” as MaMkhize could not own both Royal AM and Bloemfontein Celtics.

MaMkhize and her son Andile Mpisane. Image via Instagram @andilempisane/ @kwa_mamkhize

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When Andile Ncube asked her about club ownership, MaMkhize failed to give a direct answer. She claimed the club belongs to a family trust, saying no one person owns it.

“Royal AM [owns the team]. It’s owned by Royal AM FC… There can’t be a person [who owns the teams]; there can only be a trust. It’s owned by the trust,” MaMkhize said.

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Reacting to MaMkhize’s response, tweeps said they were still confused as they felt she was not giving a direct and clear response.