One of the most lucrative jobs today is football, after the sale of Neymar from Barca to PSG many parents now want their children to go into football. The football industry is a very large one. Apart from the actual football players, some people help in securing clubs players. Football agents have become one of the most paying jobs provided you have the right players.
Before we start talking about football agents, I will like to answer who this person is. A football agent works behind the scene to manage the transfer of a player or players from one club to another. An agent fronts his or her player or a manager and helps get them signed on a big playing deal or club.
He might even get a good contract renewed. An agent is entitled to 10 per cent of the negotiated amount of each deal. Fortunately, an agent can last long in the business as he can work till old age, unlike a player who gets to retire before 50. More and more skilled and talented footballers are cropping up in Nigeria. These local talents seek better pastures outside Nigeria, especially in European clubs.
Europe has become a very attractive destination because of its good football leagues. Because of this, agents try very hard to ensure their player signs a club there. This situation presents a fertile ground for football enthusiasts who wish to be part of these young talents’ success stories.
Since a lot of players have been used and dumped by selfish or fake agents, being a licensed football agent in Nigeria becomes a beautiful privilege you must embrace. So now to start I will like to tell how we how to become a recognized football agents.
They are three things one should do to be a Football Agent
Apply to be a football agent in Nigeria
The person involved must apply to the Nigerian Football Federation. You will notify them of your intention to be a football agent in the country you live. Your letter must contain your birth certificate, certificate of state of origin, and other certificates. The academic and non-academic ).
The First School Leaving Certificate is the minimum academic qualification. Note that you have to pay an application fee and attach your payment slip to the application letter.
The name of the applicant will be to EFCC, NDLEA, CPC, as well as other bureaus and agencies to ascertain if you have ever been involved in any financial or drug-related crime before your application if you are applying through Nigeria. If you pass the initial background checks, you will be invited for an examination.
Take an Examination
You are to take a written examination organized by the Nigerian Football Federation and generally supervised by FIFA. NFF usually holds examinations twice a year. The examination is made of multiple-choice questions and the pass mark is as set by FIFA.
Failure to attain the minimum mark leads to a second attempt and possibly a third attempt. If an applicant fails on the third attempt, he may not take the examination until two years. If you pass the written examination, you shall be requested to undertake professional liability insurance with a reputable insurance agency in Nigeria to cover any risks that may arise in the course of discharging your duties.
Obtain a license
After doing all this, you will be presented with a certificate. This licenses you to act as a football agent in Nigeria and beyond. You need to work hard to spot talents and convince them that you are truly concerned about their career. You need to show yourself trustworthy and capable. You should be able to front them before prominent football clubs.
One thing you must know is that patience is a quality you must have. For any football agent to see the highest point of his/her career with joy patience is required. Your honesty and patience will increase your patronage.
The likes of Jorge Mendes who is the agent of Ronaldo, Jose Mourinho and many more players with late Mino Raiola who was the agent of Paul Pogba, Ibrahimovic, Haaland and many more players all makes huge money from their players.