Malawi FA bans self-styled agent

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Malawi’s Football Association has banned self-styled Malawian football agent Prince Jere following his involvement in controversial transfers of Malawian players to South African clubs.

In a statement sent to FARPost, FAM Compliance and Licensing Manager, Casper Jangale, said Jere is not on the list of licenced intermediaries to handle players’ transfers.

“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 told FARPost.

He further added that FAM only recognises Jimmy Zakazaka, Mwayi Msungama and Felix Ngamanya Sapao as licenced intermediaries.

FAM’s stance comes after Malawian midfielder Chikoti Chirwa was left stranded at a lodge in Durban, KwaZulu Natal where he was unable to pay bills after being deserted by Jere.

Jere had taken Chirwa on the pretext that he would attend trials at AmaZulu.

Jere eventually told his parent club Kamuzu Barracks in Malawi that Chirwa had passed the trials at AmaZulu but they had loaned him out to Royal Eagles for the remainder of the season.

However, it transpired that there was no agreement between Jere and both clubs and Jere deserted the player at a lodge. Chirwa has since reportedly returned home.

Last year, Silver Strikers goalkeeper Brighton Munthali was also left stranded after being deserted in Durban where Jere had claimed there was an opportunity for trials at AmaZulu.

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.

By Peter Kanjere

#FARPost Malawian Correspondent

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