Football players’ talent alone not enough to get a move: Player Agent

By ZBC Reporter

MOVEMENT of players to better leagues has been described as being more complex in modern football, with the creation of links becoming imperative.

Possessing football talent alone has been described as not being enough to break into better leagues, with a number of highly competent players ending their careers without any deals abroad.

It has been argued that players’ agents must be well connected and there is a need for players to carefully choose their intermediaries.

Local player agent George Deda concurs that football players must appreciate that talent alone is not enough to make a big break.

“How many of them in a period of three to four years have even managed not to secure a move but to get into a plane and have a trial? Most of these players, their contract with the agent expires before they get a single invitation,” he said.

Deda says a case in point is the collapsed Peter Muduwa deal to Sudanese side Al Hilal which highlighted the need for trust and honesty when negotiating movement of players.

“There must be utmost good faith where you should be honest with one another. Not to say, we engage a player, the player and his family says he doesn’t have a manager, tickets, visa, COVID-19 test all done then boom there is another manager on the scene demanding more money,” he said.

Deda has been involved in the movement of players since1997 including Tendai Ndoro’s move to Mpumalanga Black Aces in South Africa, Tinashe Nengomasha to Kaizer Chiefs, Bruce Kangwa, Prince Dube and Never Tigere to Azam in Tanzania and most recently Last Jesi’s break into the Sudanese league.