Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Chilisa becomes youngest Motswana FIFA agent

Former Sunday Standard sports journalist, Simisani Chilisa, recently became an accredited FIFA player agent, the youngest in Botswana. To become a FIFA accredited agent, an individual is required to take the Players Agent Examination, which is accredited through the Botswana Football Association BFA). The individual is then further examined before acquiring the Players Liability Insurance.

Once that has been completed, the BFA forwards the agent’s credentials to FIFA so that the he/she can be listed on the FIFA Website under Players Agents List.

Chilisa wrote and passed the Players Agent Examination, in an exam that was written by 10 individuals, and his name can now be found on the official FIFA website under player agents.

“To get the FIFA Player Agent License one has to pass an examination and then get insurance of up to CHF100 000. My insurance cover is up to 150 000 Pounds which I received from Schofield Insurance Brokers in the UK,” he said.

“I have always been passionate about football and sports in general. This was something I felt I had to do because I stopped playing sports competitively after high school,” said Chilisa.

He added that he felt honoured and over whelmed by his recognition as an agent. He promised to do his best, even though it’s a very demanding job.

“I get e-mails every day. I have concluded a representation contract already and I expect to complete a couple more over the coming weeks. A company in UK has offered me sole representation on their behalf. So things are looking good,” he said.

Now that Chilisa is an accredited agent, he will have to build his profile through recruiting and transferring players. With football growing in leaps and bounds, agents are going to play an important role in the management of players.

It will be up to accredited agents like Chilisa to ensure that football players are well taken care of in order for the sport to keep growing.

“The constant e-mails are exciting because it makes you realise just how hungry players and even coaches are to elevate themselves to the higher levels in the football domain,” said Chilisa.

Being the youngest listed agent in Botswana just makes him more determined to succeed. Through his company, Ninety Plus Promotions, Chilisa deals with artist management and sports management. He already manages a number of artists and he hopes to draw from that experience and apply it in the football world.

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