Didier Drogba Works To educate African Players About Fake Agents

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba, said, football players in Africa should be wary of fake agents peddling promises of fame and fortune.

As gathered by ESPN, Drogba through his foundation, has teamed up with global football players union FIFPRO and the International Labour Organisation to raise awareness about the risks.

In an animated campaign video to players, the former Ivory Coast international, said “Please, I need you to hear this, be very careful who you trust, Never trust the person who wants your money.”

Drogba said that young players in particular are at risk in their eagerness to secure an agent.

“Your best agent is not the guy you may trust, the best agent you can have is your performances,”

“This never lies. So the more you perform, the more clubs are coming to watch you play”.

“What I see is a lot of kids looking for an agent to find me a club. That’s not how it works. It’s the performance that gets the attention of the clubs and good agents.”Drogba added.

FIFPRO recently surveyed 263 players from seven African countries and found that more than 70% were contacted unsolicited by someone who promised to help them switch clubs.

Also, as part of FIFA’s new regulations, as of October 1 2023, every football agent must have a FIFA licence, which requires passing an exam.

The campaign includes a pamphlet for players with practical advice such as how to identify a fake agent, what to look for in a contract, and a player’s rights as a foreign employee.

Didier Drogba, 45, is one of the most successful African players in the history of the Premier League history.

He scored 164 goals for Chelsea, winning four league titles and the Champions League and was twice awarded the Premier League Golden Boot.

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