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Jimmy Zakazaka qualifies as player ‘agent’

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Former Be Forward Wanderers striker Jimmy Zakazaka has started planning for life after football after being certified as an intermediary, previously called Fifa player agent.

World football governing body, Fifa, through its affiliate, Football Association of Malawi (Fam), has issued the former Flames forward the certificate.

Fam Transfer Matching System Manager, Casper Jangale, Tuesday confirmed that the striker, who is undergoing trials at Nyasa Big Bullets, applied for the Fifa intermediary certificate earlier this year.

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According to Jangale, those who want to become Fifa intermediaries are no longer required to sit for examinations but they are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, police report and K200 000 for the evaluation “Fifa changed the format for someone to be a Fifa intermediary after learning that those who were facilitating deals for players as local agents were failing written examinations.

“We had only Mr Felix Sapao as a recognised Fifa intermediary and this was not enough. We want our players to go and play across the borders. So, it is true that Mr. Jimmy Zakazaka has received a certificate, certifying him to start facilitating deals of selling and buying players.

Zakazaka, who also played for Azam Tigers, Silver Strikers and Bullets, confirmed that he applied for the certificate because he is now into the twilight of his playing career.

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“Of course, I am still playing football but I thought it wise to have something to fall back on. I have played football for 18 years and I have a few years to play.

“I am just waiting for my lawyer to finalise contract documents so that I can start signing players. I know it is not easy for local players to play outside the country, but I know what I am doing. Soon you will hear of more Malawian players playing across the borders,” said Zakazaka, who also had stints with South African clubs, Thanda Royal Zulu, Free State Stars, African Warriors and FC Cape Town.

Recently, left-winger Dalitso Sailesi, through Sapao, signed a five-year deal with the Zambia side Lusaka Dynamos from Bullets.

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