Royal AM's MaMkhize denies reported 30-day notice striker Samir Nurkovic

Striker Samir Nurkovic. Photo: Twitter @UnplayableZA

ICYMI: Why Nurkovic has taken Royal AM case to FIFA

More details have emerged into Samir Nurkovic’s acrimonious exit from Royal AM after an ill-fated move from Kaizer Chiefs.

Royal AM's MaMkhize denies reported 30-day notice striker Samir Nurkovic

Striker Samir Nurkovic. Photo: Twitter @UnplayableZA

There has been a major new development in Samir Nurkovic’s premature departure from MaMkhize’s Royal AM.

This week it was revealed by reliable online source Unplayable that “Samir Nurkovic’s legal team led by Davor Lazic have taken Royal AM to FIFA, after the striker parted ways with the club.”


This has now been confirmed by his representative Davor Lazic in an interview with

“The player is no longer with Royal AM because they terminated his contract after sending a letter with a month’s notice on September 23. It is a matter now before FIFA’s dispute resolution committee.

“Royal AM have not made payment of a single Rand to my client and in that regard, we sent them a letter after three months as a notice in relation to breach of contract. However, they didn’t respond, but then chose to state that the player has been on sick leave since the beginning of his employment contract, and they have taken the decision to terminate his contract.”

However, Lazic stated that Nurkovic was able to play soon after in the Macufe Cup, but was continually overlooked.

“From July 1 until today he was never paid anything and there was no other option to take than take the matter to FIFA. He didn’t want to terminate the contract, but the club terminated the contract without just cause.”

Nurkovic has endured a nightmare few months at Royal AM

As first reported by SABC Sport in early October, the Serbian forward had been given “30 days to leave the club due to him being on ‘sick leave’ and ‘exhausting’ the period allowed for being on the mend”.


Nurkovic has been unable to feature in a top-flight fixture for Royal AM, and it appeared that the club – owned by businesswoman Shauwn ‘MaMkhize’ Mkhize – may have grown exasperated by the indefinite injury absence.

SABC Sport further reported that Nurkovic was owed salary payments for July and August, and this was backed up by an article on FAR Post.

“Royal AM didn’t pay anything, accommodation, no salary, nothing for over two months,” the insider told FARPost. “Nurkovic’s representative, Dajan Simac, had a chat with their lawyers, who sent Royal AM a letter to pay the player.

“However, MaMkhize involved her lawyers as well, and they sent a letter back. They wanted to terminate the contract of Nurkovic because he was injured. Nurkovic started the pre-season with the club, and after one week at training, he got injured.

“So MaMkhize [Shauwn Mkhize, Royal AM president], was advised to terminate the striker’s contract, and the Nurkovic camp was taken aback by the club’s decision.”

Legal matters have been escalated to the global governing body FIFA in hopes of resolving this issue.

Recently, when speaking to Marawa Sports Worldwide, MaMkhize dismissed the rumours of a 30-day notice, and implied that the forward wouldn’t be leaving Royal AM.

“You know I don’t entertain rumours anymore,” she told Marawa Sports Worldwide. “So much has been said about Royal AM that is not true, just now ‘the coach was no longer there’ and I said to myself, I’m not gonna be entertaining rumours that are untrue.”

During this past off-season it was confirmed that Nurkovic would be leaving Kaizer Chiefs after his three-year association with the club had come to an end, with the 30-year-old heading to Royal AM.

However, despite making this key move to Chiefs’ PSL rivals, question marks have remained over what the planning was for the striker at Royal AM.

According to some reports at the beginning of August, Nurkovic had in fact required knee surgery, which would have led to a lengthy absence.