Sinky Mnisi Remains Suspended While Royal AM Denies That Khabo Zondo Has Been Fired

Sinky Mnisi Remains Suspended While Royal AM Denies That Khabo Zondo Has Been Fired

  • Royal AM has moved quickly to deny reports that co-coach Khabo Zondo has been fired
  • It was reported in the media on Monday evening that Thwihli Thwahla had shown him the door
  • Coaching positions at the club have been the subject of controversy, sparked by the suspension of Sinky Mnisi at the beginning of the season

There can never be quiet when it comes to the coaching staff at Royal AM.

The club has swiftly rubbished reports that Thwihli Thwahla's co-coach Khaba Zondo had been let go.

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Suspended Royal AM CEO Sinky Mnisi's (left) unapproved appointment, Khabo Zondo (middle) was not sacked by owner Shauwn Mkhize (right).
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According to IOL, Zondo was reportedly sacked on Monday evening, but sources at the club have denied this.

He had been controversially appointed by Royal's CEO Sinky Mnisi according to TimesLIVE in July, which was said to have displeased owner Shauwn 'MaMkhize' Mkhize, who did not green-light this decision.

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This arbitrary appointment was one of the reasons that led to Mnisi's ongoing and farcical suspension.

A well-placed source at the club told IOL:

“There is nothing of that sort as far as I know. As far as the club is concerned, there is no such development and if there was anything of that nature, we would’ve communicated that.”

Toward the end of September, co-coach Dan Malesela abruptly and inexplicably left Royal for his former club Marumo Gallants, having gone the other way only four months ago.

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This reached a head when die-hard supporters protested outside the Free State Stadium, during Royal AM's Macufe Cup match against Kaizer Chiefs.

Siwelele sa Masokolara was always the home team in this encounter regardless of the opposition, so this match was seen as something of a slap in the face.