Former Malawi national football team striker, Essau Kanyenda, has applied to become a licensed Football Association of Malawi (Fam) player agent, also known as intermediary.
In an interview from his United Kingdom base, Kanyenda confirmed that he applied and was optimistic of meeting the criteria.
“Indeed, I applied and I am just waiting to hear from Fam. I have several players who have approached me to help them secure deals in Europe and Africa. One of them is striker Meddie Kagere who will go to Russian side Krilia Sovetov,” Kanyenda said.
The Flames legend has already helped fellow countrymen, striker Khuda Muyaba and defender Dennis Chembezi, to join South Africa Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Polokwane City.
If Kanyenda satisfies the requirements, which include having a free criminal record, the country will have six licensed player intermediaries.
Kanyenda hopes to join other Malawian intermediaries such as Felix Sapao, Maya Msungama, Jimmy Zakazaka and Lunyika Moyo.
Since 2001, Fifa trusted individual associations to handle processes of granting licences to intermediaries.
Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, confirmed that Kanyenda was among the applicants who had submitted documents to the country’s football governing body.
“He is in line to become a licensed football intermediary. There is a process a person has to fulfill to become an agent,” Jangale said.
At the peak of his career, Kanyenda played for Jomo Cosmos in South Africa where he scored 43 goals in 92 matches.
In his debut season in the Rainbow Nation, Kanyenda scored 18 goals in 28 starts. He then joined Russian side Rostov.
After seven years in Europe, Kanyenda returned to South Africa and signed for Polokwane where he played for five years, helping the club to earn promotion to the PSL before returning to Malawi to play for Be Forward Wanderers.
At Wanderers, he scored 11 goals and helped them to win the TNM Super League despite joining the team while the league was in progress in 2017.
He hanged up his boots at the end of the 2018 season.
According to www.goal.com, in football, an agent is a representative and intermediary who handles interests of a player or multiple players.
An agent’s roles include negotiating contracts to achieve the best possible outcome for their client and also securing lucrative endorsements and sponsorship deals.
For one to become an agent, he or she should have extensive knowledge and understanding of contract law.
www.goal.com says agents take a commission from the athletes they represent. World over, top stars such as Christiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are represented by agents.
Others are also represented by family members such as parents, uncles or brothers.