With supporters still not allowed to watch DStv Premiership matches in stadiums, AmaZulu and Royal AM have come up with a plan to cater for their supporters for Saturday’s KwaZulu-Natal derby.
This will be the first time the two sides face off in what promises to be a battle royale for the province’s bragging rights.
According to Royal AM boss Shauwn Mkhize, the two clubs have come together to make it a spectacle for their supporters – under strict Covid-19 protocols.
She said about 2 000 supporters – 1 000 from each team – will watch the game at a popular Durban hang-out, Kwa Max.
“I grew up watching the Soweto derby and it was something to look forward to. I have been saying to myself, why can’t we have the same in our province?” said Mkhize ahead of the derby at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.
MaMkhize, as she is popularly known, said with four Premiership clubs – Royal AM, AmaZulu, Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United – could make their derbies even more attractive.
“Before Royal AM came, there were three strong teams in KwaZulu-Natal that have done well. Maritzburg survived relegation, AmaZulu and Arrows also went down and came up and they are all stable now.”
She was excited about her first derb, so she wanted to make it memorable. “It’s a pity that supporters are not allowed into stadiums and together with [AmaZulu boss Sandile] Zungu, as business people, we said let’s put our differences aside and cater for our supporters.
“So, we said let’s create something for our supporters who can’t come to the stadium.”
She said since the plan was announced, some artists had offered to play their part and entertain the supporters.
“I’m just excited about this development because it shows we are doing something good. Now I can’t wait for the game knowing that our supporters will be watching and entertained at the same time.”
Read more about MaMkhize in our exclusive interview with the Royal AM owner in City Press on Sunday.