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By unknown | Mar 07, 2007 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Ryan Hartslief, who manages the affairs of goalkeeper Rowen Fernandez, and who is blamed for recent tensions between Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns, wants to be left alone.

Last week Chiefs said Fernandez was reluctant to renew his contract because he was heading to Sundowns. Hartslief was said to have influenced the player to dump his team.

According to Chiefs' website, Fernandez was to receive a whopping R10million signing-on fee over three years.

"I am not worried about what people say, my job is to represent the players," said the articulate Hartslief yesterday.

"For now I cannot comment. Rowen and I have agreed to issue a statement on Wednesday or Thursday [today or tomorrow] to put the matter into perspective."

Kaizer Chiefs' manager Bobby Motaung slammed Hartslief as a "so-called agent" on the SABC sports show, Soccer Zone, on Monday. Motaung saidHartslief was not an accredited agent.

A Sowetan investigation has also discovered that he is not listed on the South African Football Association's (Safa) player agent-managers' list. When called to clarify the matter he complained about his phone's battery being low before it went dead.

In South Africa there are only five Fifa accredited agents. Morio Sanyane, Safa communications director, said they were: Mike Makaab, Percy Sibiya, Richard Gomes, Thami Xulu and David Moroke.

Makaab, Xulu and Moroke have domestic and international licences. The other two are licensed domestically only.

After playing professional soccer for almost a decade, Hartslief retired in 2004 to pursue a career in sports management.

He was a defender at Lamontville Golden Arrows, where he was one of the influential players. He also played for Black Leopards and Hellenic.

Hartslief formed Big Time Sports Management, a company that negotiates contracts for soccer players. He has a BCom degree and honours in sports management.

He manages big names including Isaac Chansa, Thabang Leshabane both from Orlando Pirates; Davis Phiri from Arrows; Martin Carelse from AmaZulu; and Dispy Seloloane from Santos.


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