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Agent: You Can Only Lead The Horse To Water

Mike Makaab Aims For Stability for Players

By Soccer Laduma - Oct 11, 2018 03:41 PM
Football agent Mike Makaab, CEO of Prosport International says he's working behind the scenes to ensure that his clients have a future. 
 
 
This comes after the announcement by veteran striker Siyabonga Nomvethe, that he will retire at the end of the season. 
 
Bhele, the oldest player in the PSL currently at the age of 41, announced last month, September, that the current Absa Premiership season will be his last after more than 21 years.  
 
On December 2, the former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates striker will turn 42, and he's likely to leave a huge legacy in the PSL, holding the record as the all-time top goalscorer, standing at 121 goals.   
 
Bhele, who started his career at African Wanderers in 1997, played for Chiefs before AmaKhosi transferred him to Italian side Udinese, Salernitana, Empoli, Swedish's Djurgadens and Danish side Aaiborg Bk. 
 
He returned to South Africa in 2009 to join Moroka Swallows and came close to winning the league title in 2012 under Gordon Igesund but they were pipped in the last game by his former club, Pirates.  
 
In that season, Bhele, who was 35, claimed the PSL Golden Boot and also was named PSL Player of the Season and Footballer of the Season. 
 
Makaab, who said Bhele was his first football client to take abroad when he had no offices at the time, was asked if Bhele's life is set up after football and said the company has engaged few institutions to ensure their clients are well taken care of once their playing careers come to an end.
 
''For us, with every single player that is willing to engage in life after sports programme with us, you must understand that you can only lead the horse to water, but you cannot force the horse to drink,'' responded Makaab.  
 
''I'm not using that analogy in a derogative way, so horse is the beautiful animal and very athletic animal. But the important thing is, this is what our youngsters need to understand; we working harder at Prosport. In actual fact, I just had a couple of meetings with some big institutions like Investec to say, 'Guys, I need you to be involved in the life after sports program with our athletes. 
 
''Beyond educating them in finance, beyond educating them in how to manage their affairs. Most importantly, what are they going to do after football because, even those that are financially secured, find themselves lost. 
 
''Why do you think boxers come back at the age of 45 to box again? A lot of them need money but a lot of them don't. They come back because they miss that fame and fortune. The fame that goes with what they are doing more than the fortune in actual fact. 
 
''And I just think that is something that we are working extremely hard at Prosport. I'm at the end of my career now as an agent and I'd like to believe that we have a great group of people that work at Prosport and have been with us with many years. 
 
''But one of the things that I've been extremely stronger about in the culture of our company is that my project will be the life after sports project. Because I think I've gathered enough wisdom and I've seen enough heartache to make a serious difference in the life of the sport for those players and those athletes whom we represent.''  
 
Nomvethe played at four Afcon tournaments, two World Cups and scored 16 goals in 82 appearances for the national team. 
 
 

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kc-inferno Joined: 03 Feb 2014
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kc-inferno Oct 12, 2018 09:16 AM
Inja ye game
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OUPA KAU Joined: 25 Aug 2016
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OUPA KAU Oct 12, 2018 06:41 AM
this is what good players do good luck Bhele
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Dangerous when provoked Joined: 27 Oct 2016
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Dangerous when provoked Oct 12, 2018 06:26 AM
I like his never changing celebration after scoring. I hope he is good financially.
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chaukejr Oct 11, 2018 10:24 PM
The first SA to score against Nigeria in Afcon
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Sibusiso Shezi33 Oct 11, 2018 10:11 PM
Bhele played a very remarkable role in flying our flag high even when he was abroad.His personal discipline is out of this world,he's one of those players you couldn't read about badly in those front pages.He learned a lot from the likes of the late John Lesiba Moshoeu(May His Soul RIP),Lucas Radebe,Sibusiso Zuma or McBeth Sibaya to mention just the few.
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The_Diski_God Oct 11, 2018 09:29 PM
The competition was very tough at bafana
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Dr-barnes Oct 11, 2018 08:02 PM
Legend
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Isishabasheki Oct 11, 2018 06:46 PM
Bhele is a true legend
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Sir_Ven_JoaquiN Oct 11, 2018 04:55 PM
He really deserves the best
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Sir_Ven_JoaquiN Oct 11, 2018 04:55 PM
He really deserves the best
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mbixane Oct 11, 2018 04:20 PM
Well done Mike, keep it up my man

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