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UK-based ASQ launches football agents’ development training in Nigeria

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A UK-based company, ASQ Training and Development, has launched a mobile application App for a “Level Three Certificate in Football Intermediary” qualification, to train and support budding football agents and players.

The ASQ Group Managing Director, Samson Adeosun spoke at the weekend in Lagos after two renowned football intermediaries and players’ representatives, John Viola and Philip McTaggart ended a tour in Ilorin, Kwara State.

Adeosun, who said there were many football agents in Nigeria and Africa, added: “But a majority of them had no proper experience coupled with unscrupulous activities of a few.

“The idea for a developmental programme for football intermediaries was borne out of my personal experience. It was after I got my intermediary licence from the English FA that I realized that I virtually did not know what next to do, and this is the experience of most agents in Africa.”

Speaking further, Adeosun, an English FA licenced Intermediary, stated that though there were no stringent qualifications before someone was allowed to represent players, it was important that individual agents acquire knowledge and skills that would make them effective and productive in the player management value chain.

“The Level Three Certificate in Football Intermediary programme is to empower the intermediaries in the areas of identification, marketing, protection and management of players to help them get the best out of their playing careers.”

On his part, Viola stated that ASQ had identified the need for such training and certification to support and encourage budding football agents to get their acts right.

Viola, who was part of the success careers of players like Luis Figo and Roberto Carlos, noted that the training would help those looking to succeed in the lucrative profession of player management.

McTaggart advised that intermediaries should embrace the ASQ training for the general interest of football saying: ”Aside getting the ability to sell quality players, participating in the ASQ development training will avail the agents the many advantages including a rich global network.

“The participants will learn the rudiments and dynamics of the global football market thereby reduce the incidences of Nigerian players being rejects abroad,” McTaggart stated

The ASQ “Level Three Certificate in Football Intermediary” qualification was created in partnership with ProQual, a UK skills and training awarding body, regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual).


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