Football Association of Malawi (Fam) has warned local players and clubs that fall into the trap of enlisting the services of self-anointed intermediaries in local and international player transfers that they risk punishment.
Fam Compliance and Licensing Manager, Casper Jangale, has issued the warning amid controversy surrounding player transactions involving self-styled football agent Prince Jere.
Jangale has issued the warning through a letter, dated February 10 2020, addressed to Super League of Malawi (Sulom), soccer clubs mother body. He did not specify the punishment.
“It has come to the attention of Fam on the engagement of unlicenced intermediaries/unlicenced players agents by clubs and players in the Super League. By virtue of this letter, Fam hereby, through your good office, issues a stern warning to clubs and players on the engagement of unlicenced intermediaries/player agents for domestic and international player transfers. This conduct should be stopped forthwith,” Jangale said.
He added that Fam only recognises Jimmy Zakazaka, Mwayi Msungama and Felix Ngamanya Sapao as licenced intermediaries. However, the three are inactive on the local and international transfer market.
Jangale said Jere is not on the list of licenced intermediaries to handle players’ transfers.
However, Jere insisted that he is a credible agent, adding that he has papers authorising him to handle players’ transfers.
“It is unfair to call me an unprofessional player agent,” Jere said, adding that he was licenced in Zambia and Cameroon.
However, Jangale said any intermediary with a foreign licence can only practice in Malawi after registering with Fam.
Sulom Vice-General Secretary, Zacharia Nyirenda, Friday confirmed receipt of the letter from Fam.
Asked how they would enforce Fam’s warning, Nyirenda said it was tricky because unlicenced people such as Jere by-pass clubs and entice players, taking advantage of their desperation for foreign deals.
Peter Fote is a Sports Journalist with huge experience in radio and Television reporting, production and presentation. He once worked with Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and is currently working for Times Media Group.