Ndlovu blames it on agents

Former Premiership goalkeeper, Brian Ndlovu, says the dearth of agents is killing local players.

Brian Ndlovu
Brian Ndlovu

The beefy former player, who turned out for Bulawayo giants, Highlanders and the now defunct Njube Sundowns, is now inactive in soccer after failing to land a team here, having migrated three years ago.

He joins dozens of other former Castle Premiership footballers who have ended up doing menial jobs, roaming the streets, playing in parks or quitting the game.

“There is need for an organisation comprising active and retired players to tackle the problems faced by professional footballers,” said Ndlovu. “The continued exodus of players from our home league is a concern, but it cannot be stopped for those getting better offers. It is those who end up on the dumps that I am worried about. I think players must also take education and investment a bit more seriously because soccer is a very short career.”

He blamed problems besetting Zimbabwean players abroad in lack of proper representation, something he said left them vulnerable to exploitation.

“We have a shortage of agents, yet to land a lucrative offer, a player must have a quality and an experienced agent,” he added.

“Usually our soccer is run by people who are in it just for money, people with no love for the game and no care for the players. The national team’s performance is also a contributing factor because most international teams consider that when negotiating with a player. That is why it is easier for West African players to get good offers from abroad.”

The former shot-stopper, now employed at a Johannesburg restaurant, believes he still has a lot to offer as both a player and coach.

“I still have the energy, but I am planning to develop my skills into goalkeeper coaching and get involved with youth academies back home.”

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