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Former Malawi national football team striker Esau Kanyenda has failed to meet some of the requirements to be certified as a Fifa intermediary.

Instead, Fifa has awarded the certificate to United Kingdom based Malawian James Woods Nkhutabasa having met all the requirements.

Both Kanyenda and Woods-Nkhutabasa applied for the certificate in June this year to be recognised deal brokers for football players.

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Football Association of Malawi (Fam) Transfer and Compliance Manager Casper Jangale confirmed the development saying Woods-Nkhutabasa has joined Felix Sapao, Jimmy Zakazaka, Lunjika Sipho Moyo and Mwayi Msungama as Malawi’s Fifa recognised intermediaries to broker deals.

“We received two applications from Kanyenda and Woods-Nkhutabasa to be Fifa intermediaries. Currently it is Woods-Nkhutabasa who has made it. This doesn’t mean that Kanyenda has failed completely. We will encourage and guide him to fulfill the remaining requirements,” he said.

Fifa considers various factors including police report on criminal record and aspect on youth transfers before granting the certificate to be involved in brokering deals in a licenced manner.

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Kanyenda said he was waiting for official results from Fam.

“I have been waiting for official results. It is frustrating hearing that I didn’t make it. Nevertheless, I will try to fulfill the requirements I have missed,” said the former Be Forward Wanderers, Dwangwa United and Jomo Cosmos forward.

Woods-Nkhutabasa said he was happy to have qualified as a Fifa intermediary saying there are number of exciting developments taking place at his company, Rainbow Sports Investments.

“Becoming a Fifa intermediary is important for me and our group as a whole in diversifying our expertise and management to ensure we can identify, develop and manage talented athletes to reach the elite levels of sport. We have some interesting plans for Malawi and Africa as a whole,” he said.

Woods-Nkhutabasa is the one who helped Flames attacker Yamikani Chester to sign for Rainbow before securing a move to overseas. Chester is currently playing for United States Championship side Las Vegas Lights.

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