Royal AM players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Royal AM players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings

Kevin Omuya
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM

Royal AM players form a team that recently participated in the DSTV Premiership in South Africa as Royal AM Football Club. Despite many controversies, the club was purchased by a wealthy, famous South African family who acquired a license to buy the club in August 2021. So how much do you know about the team?

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After a long, dramatic season, the club earned the points they needed to secure automatic promotion. Still, the Pietermaritzburg-based club could not celebrate because of a dispute over points with their city rivals, Sekhukhune United. Look at this article and find more information about Royal AM Club players, including their head coach and captain.

Profile summary

  • Full name: Royal AM Football Club
  • Team Nickname: "Thwihli Thwahla"
  • Managed by: Mr. Andile Mpisane
  • Founded: 2020
  • Colours: Blue and White
  • Federation: CAF
  • Coach: John Maduka
  • Captain: Samuel Mwanganyi
  • Stadiums: Chtasworth Stadium
  • Facebook: /royal-am-football-club
  • Twitter: @royalam_fc
  • Royal AM FC's Instagram: @royalam_fc
  • Net worth: Approximately $7 million

Royal AM FC history

A businesswoman and entrepreneur named Shauwn Mkhize and her son, Andile Mpisane started the club in 2020. Mkhize's son is the youngest chairman in PSL history, and Mkhize is a well-known businesswoman in South Africa.

Both Shauwn and Andile are prevalent in football because they were both chairman and president of the Royal Eagles FC. This football club was born because of its love for the game and its desire to make a difference in communities by developing undiscovered talent.

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Match preview of AmaZulu vs RoyalAM at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Photo: royalam_fc
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Royal AM FC management

A section of staff manages the team. But first, who is Royal AM FC's coach? John Maduka is the coach of the group. A son of Malawian soil, he is one of the Royal AM legends when the team was still branded Bloemfontein Celtic. He is assisted by Abram Nteo (assistant coach) and Simon Gopane (goalkeeping coach).

Who is Royal AM FC's captain?

The team's captain Samuel Mwanganyi has produced good leadership qualities. He encouraged his teammates on putting more energy into forthcoming competitions.

Yes, we're top of the log but that doesn't necessarily mean we are going to the elite league. The job is not over yet. We must stay switched on and continue to give our all in the two matches we still need to play.

The skipper added.

We're a family here. We are always together as players and we also have a good bond with the management and technical team. I think that togetherness has played a big role in our meteoric rise as a team.

Who is the Royal AM FC coach?

Here are the details about the current coach of the club Mr John Maduka. He started his football career at the age of 16. He used to play for Bloemfontein Celtic until his retirement in 2009.

John Maduka profile summary

  • Full name: John Maduka
  • Date of birth: September 27, 1970
  • Age: 50 (as of 2022)
  • Place of birth: Thyolo, Malawi
  • Height in inches: 5'6"
  • Height in centimetres: 170

Who are the Royal AM FC players?

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Recap on our game against the Kaizer Chiefs Junior team. DStv Diski Challenge 2021 at Harry Gwala Stadium on January 8, 2022. Photo: @royalam_fc
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The list below contains the current Royal AM FC squad:


  • Sipho Chaine
  • Zama Dlamini
  • Nelson Lungwase
  • Jackson Mabokgwane
  • Mondli Mpoto
  • Celi Ndwandwe
  • Hugo Nyamé
  • Philani Zikalala


  • Kgotso Mofokeng
  • Tshepo Rikhotso
  • Katlego Mashego
  • David Booysen
  • Sbonelo Boyce
  • Thato Lingwati
  • Mzwanele Mahashe
  • Lesego Manganyi
  • Mokone Mereko
  • Mphakamiseni Nene
  • Herry Tau


  • Thokozani Ngubane
  • Robert Smith
  • Keabetswe Mokwena
  • Mlungisi Sikakane
  • Mhlengi Nxele
  • Andile Mpisane
  • Khulekani Shezi
  • Nkosivumile Zulu
  • Siphesihle Msomi
  • Ayabulela Maxwele
  • Andisiwe Mtsila
  • Jeffrey Mzwandile Dlamini
  • Dominguês
  • Lantshene Phalane
  • Tebogo Potsane
  • Kabelo Mahlasela
  • Given Mashikinya
  • Sello Jorry Matjila
  • Thato Lingwati
  • Tumelo Mangweni
  • Harris Tchilimbou
  • Tshidiso Monamodi
  • Linda Shiba
  • Levy Mashiane
  • Skhumbuzo Mdluli
  • Menzi Masuku


  • Sedwyn George
  • Victor Letsoalo
  • Ndumiso Mabena
  • Tshepo Malope
  • Zukile Mkhize
  • Sera Motebang

Royal AM FC stadium

Royal AM players, owner, stadium, coach, trophies, world rankings
A setup view of Chatsworth Stadium, DBN. Photo: @royalam_fc
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Chatsworth Stadium in Durban, South Africa, is a multi-purpose stadium with a capacity of 22,000. It is currently primarily utilized for football events and serves as Thwihli Thwahla's home stadium, among other clubs.

Who is the Royal AM owner?

Mamkhize is the current president and co-owner of the team she purchased for her son Andile Mpisane, hence the initials 'AM'. Andile is the youngest chairperson of a top-flight football club in South Africa at the age of twenty.

Despite their weaknesses, which stem from their lack of expertise managing top-flight club football, soccer fans applaud the team's leadership for bringing the bling and spirit to the game. AmaZulu chairperson Sandile Zungu said he was happy for the new businesswoman Shauwn Mkhize:

To us, this means less travelling costs, as we will be playing against each other. As amazing as it is, they come in as a competitor, and we will all be competing for dominance, Zungu said.
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LE - Royal AM FC chairman Andile Mpisane with his mother, club owner Shauwn Mkhize. Photo: Steve Haag/BackpagePix
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Royal AM player salaries

Here is the disclosed list of players salaries since owned by Shauwn Mkhize.

  • Cyril Thato Lingwati $8600 per month
  • Zukile Mkhize $13,856 per month
  • Levy Mashiane $13,856 per month
  • Lesego Manganyi $14,186 per month
  • Tebogo Postane $14,186 per month
  • Hugo Nyame $14,845 per month
  • Mbhazima Tshepo $15,505 per month
  • Given Mashikinya $17,485 per month
  • Tshidiso Monamodi $18,144 per month
  • Kabelo Mahlasela $18,144 per month
  • Victor Sepana $24,083 per month
  • Ndumiso Mabena $28,042 per month

Royal AM players bonus

The team was unhappy receiving the bonus because the cash was paid on the field following their win over the KZN derby.

Royal AM players cars

It is usual for any club to have vehicles to assist the staff and players in their daily activities. Therefore, they have a fleet of multiple Mercedes Benz V-Classes, the BMW X4 and X5, among other cars.

Has Royal AM FC won any trophies?

A legal battle derailed their celebrations when the team was promoted to the Premiership. After the PSL decided against handing over the trophy to the NFD winners, the GladAfrica Championship season ended in a haze of doubt. The club has not won any trophy yet.

Despite the controversy and criticism they have received for their spending the Royal AM players form one of the most in-form teams in the DStv Premiership. This is because they have been taking care of the essential thing, accumulating points, despite the confusion and controversies. Royal AM FC's world rankings show they have 18 points from 10 games and are among the early leaders in the title chase.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.