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Fake Agents

A warning to players

In collaboration with the Didier Drogba Foundation and the International Labour Organization (ILO), FIFPRO Africa has launched a campaign to raise awareness of African players being targeted and scammed by people pretending to be agents. We aim to empower players by warning them of the risks, providing education on the issue, and ultimately equipping them with the knowledge to protect themselves against these 'agents'.

What you need to know

Be careful who you trust

Many footballers in Africa – from youth players to professionals – are being approached by people pretending to be agents, making false promises about arranging a trial or a contract with a new club.

Be aware of the dangers

Players can be tempted by the promises of trials, contracts and success, and agree to doing business with these ‘agents’. However, it can result in a player being scammed – from losing money or being stranded in a foreign country.

The reality

FIFPRO surveyed 263 professional players from seven countries: Botswana, Cameroon, DR Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Zambia and Zimbabwe. More than 70% of players were contacted by a person who said they could help them move club, 56% of players did not get the trial that was promised to them, and 44% of the players said they did not sign the contract they expected to sign.


Check if the agent is licensed by FIFA; never pay an agent before signing a contract with a club; never sign a deal with an agent without first seeking legal advice; contact your local player union or FIFPRO.


Didier Drogba: "We have to educate players about fake agents"

FIFPRO Division Africa, the Didier Drogba Foundation and the International Labour Organization have teamed up to raise awareness about the risks of fake agents. Former Côte d'Ivoire and Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, who is also Honorary President of FIFPRO Africa, issues a clear warning.


“Africa is proud of its world-class footballers. Unfortunately, for every great success story there are many migrant players who see their dreams shattered. Those young people can find themselves facing great difficulties being alone in a foreign country; with no family and no network of acquaintances, they are totally vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.”

— by Didier Drogba

A Guide for Players: From ILO, Didier Drogba Foundation and FIFPRO

Player story

Marshall Munetsi: "The issue of fake agents is a crisis"

When Zimbabwe international Marshall Munetsi became a member of FIFPRO’s Global Player Council, he among other things wanted to help FIFPRO raise awareness about the danger of people pretending to be agents.

Marshall Munetsi

“Within FIFPRO Africa, with the active support of CAF and the help of our partners, particularly the ILO and the International Organization for Migration (IOM), this is the future that we want to offer to African footballers, because it is the only way to ensure progress, success and social justice.”

— by FIFPRO Africa President Geremi

Fake Agents: What players should know about trials

Footballers are often approached with proposals for trials. Unfortunately, not all these trials are legitimate. Trials are bound to strict rules that FIFA, world football’s governing body, has included in its Regulations on the Status and Transfer of Players.

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