Shauwn Mkhize was given a very cold welcome from Bloemfontein Celtics fans who are disappointed in the way she bought the team and renamed it to Royal AM.
On Sunday, Royal AM who qualified to be a part of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), went head to head with Kaizer Chiefs for the Macufe Cup and they reigned victorious over a 4-1 win.
However upon arrival, Celtics fans gave Shauwn a very cold 'welcome' and asked her to leave.
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Outrage ensued when Irvin Koza announced the sale of Bloemfontein Celtics to Shauwn Mkhize, who renamed the team to Royal AM. This took place last year.
"The main point is that the transition must be seamless, because there are a lot of stakeholders affected by this transition. There is a very important issue we discussed the future financial stability. This is a matter that faces us every day in football.
"We want to protect the history of a club but the issue of sustainability is a problem. Regardless of our discomfort when we deal with transitions sometimes we must make sure we are doing the right thing. We must consider two things the issue of the insolvency of the club the risk of insolvency. Is somebody says I cannot afford what do you do? " asked Irvin in a press conference as quoted by Kick Off.
As a league we have an obligation that just start with 16 teams we've got commitments with sponsors TV etc. We don't have too many in our football with deep pockets. That's why it almost took us three days to discuss this matter.
"it is very important that the players and other employees must be protected in a vase of insolvency people lose jobs" said Irvin.
She also bought Bloemfontein Celtics and renamed it to Royal AM Ladies who her daughter in law Tamia Mpisane is the deputy chair lady for.
“It’s great to see how women’s football has started to reach the radar of many South Africans,” Mkhize said. “With the increase in investment, sponsorship and development, the long term goal is to level the playing field with our male counterparts.
“Now is the time to put the spotlight on women’s football. The success of Banyana Banyana is a prime example of why we need to make even more strides in advancing its professionalism, not only in SA but on the African continent.”
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