Three unnamed candidates failed the examinations they sat on April 3 2014 to become player agents, FAM general secretary Suzgo Nyirenda has confirmed.
The result deals a big blow to Malawi football as it has no agent with the rest either having passed the examinations but are not certified due to failure to meet pre-conditions such as acquiring a professional liability insurance cover worth 100 000 swiss franc (K49 million).
Nyirenda said the aspiring agents lacked an understanding on transfer regulations, especially involving minors. He urged aspiring agents to study such regulations on www.fifa.com.
“They scored 12, 13 and 14. To pass, one is required to get right, at least, 15 out of 20 questions. Fifa sent the 15 questions and we set five questions. But we have not given up on them. There is another chance for them as we will also administer other examinations in November,” said Nyirenda.
A few years ago, Felix Ngamanya Sapao, Tendai Kanjoma and Owen Malijani passed the examinations, but did not fulfil some of the pre-conditions. They may have to sit again if they are to acquire the licences. Sapao claims to have acquired the insurance cover, but his name does not appear on Fifa website as is the case with the rest.
Going forward, Nyirenda said those who passed the examinations previously and the three, who failed, could still play a part in domestic transfers, “but cannot transact international transfers”.