According to My First Agent, in football, an agent or intermediary is a representative who handles the interests of a player or multiple players.
An agent’s core responsibilities include negotiating contracts to achieve the best possible outcome for their client. Securing lucrative endorsement and sponsorship deals.
In Uganda, though few players have agents, and few of them if not none at all do business for the clients beyond negotiating contracts.
But that might change if a proposal by the Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) for all players and coaches to have agents is approved.
“It’s still a proposal,” a source from FUFA told Football256 before adding; “We are still trying to find how best we can implement it at least starting with the elite clubs.”
“The biggest challenge players and coaches face today is the employer failing to meet their contractual obligations, it’s the role of the agent to help the employees handle such issues.”
“But to also help in contract negotiations and search for jobs in the event that their clients’ contracts run out and there is no option to renew,” the source added.
If implemented it’s a move that will take a while to be accepted especially by employers and employees since on many occasions clubs have always preferred to deal with players and coaches directly without any third parties.
There have also been scenarios where coaches and players have always preferred to do their own contractual negotiations, the few times they have involved agents there have been cases of dishonesty and mistrust.
Main roles and duties of a football agent as listed by My First Agent
Sponsorship and marketing opportunities
Welfare advice – cars, housing, banking, investment, etc.
Broadly speaking, the role of the football agent is to look after every aspect of their client’s career, to allow the player to concentrate on playing football.
The agent will take a cut (usually 5%) from a player’s wages.
No deduction should be taken from youth players’ wages.
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