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Two player union executives say they are better equipped to represent footballers after completing a master’s degree in sports management.

Jerry Santo (pictured above left), a midfielder at Kenya’s Posta Rangers FC, and Indonesia's Mohamad Hardika “Aji” DrajatSatria graduated recently from ISDE law business school in Barcelona.

Both received a scholarship to take ISDE’s global sports management and legal skills master’s degree as part of a collaboration between the school and FIFPro.

Santo, 31, is general secretary of the Kenya Footballers' Welfare Association (KEFWA).

After 8 a.m. training with his club in Nairobi, he went to work at the association and then studied as many as four hours a day in the afternoon.

“The course has really helped me how to run an organization, I have 80% more knowledge than before,” Santo said.

In 2016, KEFWA won an important case on behalf of 8 players of AFC Leopards after they had their contracts unilaterally rescinded.

“The players are starting to embrace our organization when they have issues with their club,” Santo said. “Thanks to this course I am in a better position to help them.”

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Aji (pictured above, addressing PSS Sleman players) holds a law degree from the University of Indonesia, and is the general secretary of Indonesia player association APPI.

He and Santo spent one week on campus, taking classes from Spanish sports lawyers and visiting FC Barcelona and Espanyol. They studied online for the rest of the year-long course.

Aji, 26, said the chance to do a master’s in sports law was invaluable because there is no such course in Indonesia.

He has been working on a standard contract for players in Indonesia, and pushing for a National Dispute Resolution Chamber to resolve disputes between players and clubs.

He was also able to better understand agent rules in Europe. In Indonesia, the player agent market is unregulated, he said.

“I am very grateful to FIFPro and ISDE to have the opportunity to take this course,” he said. “I have learnt a lot which will benefit players.”

Dutch footballer Jordens Peters, who plays for Willem II, and Carlos Figueroa, president of Guatemala’s player association, have been awarded a scholarship for the 2019 course.

As well as handing out two full scholarships each year, ISDE offers players or officials from FIFPro-affiliated unions the chance to receive a 50 percent discount on tuition fees.