BFA invites intermediaries

23rd June 2017
AMBITIOUS: Sikwane Source:The Midweek Sun


By Isaac Pheko -

The Botswana Football Association (BFA) recently invited intermediaries or companies that will take over from the previous FIFA agents who were dealing with the sale and contract of football players in the domestic league. Following the hostile ousting of former FIFA president Sepp Blatter and the arrival of Gianni Infantino a new system has since been put in place. In a brief interview this week BFA spokesperson Tumo Mpatane confirmed the recent changes.

“A couple of months back FIFA wanted to abolish the old system and introduce intermediaries who will act as dormant companies. These companies must show that they have a clientele,” Mpatane said. The BFA spokesperson did not have the exact number of companies that will be acting as intermediaries in the country.

“I do not have the exact figures now but they should be well over 100 companies. However we will do a numbers check with these companies including, educational background, police clearance and proof of contracts with players”. Previously local agents had to go through written tests to qualify as FIFA player’s agents.

A number of FIFA agents that have operated in the country have only experienced mild success mainly due to the lack of resources and possibly poor networking. However, the new system employed by FIFA seems more flexible and a number of locals are said to have already registered with the BFA. One such individual is Olebile Sikwane.

As an intermediary, Sikwane has already racked up a number of big names in the domestic league. “We have been interested in Tumisang Orebonye of Gaborone United and we have already secured trials for him at the PSL outfit Cape Town City and Chippa United,” Sikwane said this week.

Moreover, the ambitious football intermediary with international connections said another big name wrapped around his far-reaching tentacles is sensational Jwaneng Galaxy goalkeeper Anthony Gouws who is expected to go for trials at PSL side Highlands Parks who have since relegated from the PSL. Sikwane who operates out of Gaborone said another imminent deal could happen between Zimbabwe’s FC Platinum and Black Forests’ free scoring Lynoth Chikuwa. Nevertheless Sikwane said the murky football player market is not easy to navigate. “The lucrative Premier League Market in South Africa is not very attractive, there is a lot of corruption and kickbacks,” he said.

The pragmatic Sikwane said there are other markets for local players including Eastern European countries. “Players in Sudan can earn up to USD 40 000.” Sikwane said an intermediary in football is expected to negotiate player bonuses, salary and sign-on fee. An intermediary is also expected to give players general advice. He also dabbles in

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