Silver Strikers are yet to pay the K2.5 million fine to Be Forward Wanderers as ordered by Football Association of Malawi (Fam) for their role in Babatunde Adepoju’s failed transfer to Area 47.
The Central Bankers had expressed interest in Babatunde’s services early this year but later changed their mind after agreeing terms with Wanderers and the Nigerian.
This irked Wanderers and the Lali Lubani Road side took the matter to Fam, asking that Silver honour the agreed K8 million for Babatunde’s signature.
Silver responded by demanding that Wanderers pay K15 million for late Tony Chitsulo’s services.
Fam’s Player Status Committee settled the matter on May 18 by overturning Silver’s claim and instead fined the Central Bankers K2.5 million for the failed transfer.
Silver were ordered to pay the fine 30 days from the day of the ruling.
The committee warned that failure to do so would result into Silver.
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.
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.