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Mike Makaab

Technical Manager and Chief Coach

Orlando Pirates

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Orlando Pirates

Background Information

Employment History

Chief Executive Officer

Prosport International


Managing Director

Sangro Construction


Affiliations

Bafana Bafana

Technical Advisor


Bootlaces Soccer Academy

Founder


Web References(83 Total References)


Coming to Terms - Andre Wiesner

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Sports agents Mike Makaab and Craig Livingstone represent the cream of South Africa's athletes, who command jaw-dropping fees from clubs and sponsors.
Although unstintingly courteous, the legendary sports managers Mike Makaab and Craig Livingstone were giving my do-or-die offer a curiously ambiguous reception. For his part, Mike turned to the darts bid with the air of a man rolling up his sleeves to try and find some good in what the day hath brung. 'I guess,' he sighed after a pause, 'continue smoking ... I've seen some of the world's best darts-players totally out of shape physically.' Did it mean the beer glass of my life was half full or half empty? I was, as I say, in an emotional turmoil as I tried to fathom the prophecy or indictment his words held. But Mike carried on speaking, and his voice took on a warm, golden note. There is much that a sports manager has to manage, and a player's expectations are right there at the top, bottom and centre of the list. 'The most important thing is that you need to get your confidence back, your eye in again, and - you know - start throwing those bull's-eyes.' He chuckled. 'Otherwise you ain't gonna make any money.' It was the sort of calming, tutelary gesture which he'd presumably bestowed many a time in his life, and whether I was being shown the way to glory or the door, I was certainly, with great delicacy, being shown the way. Our encounter was unusual, perhaps, in its details and extremity, but in its outline it appeared that it was a scene repeated time and again, the pivot around which so much else turns. Mike and Craig are leading and longstanding players in South Africa's sports-agency game, a demanding, high-stakes pursuit waged in the combustible space where sports, mass media, commerce and rock-hard life-realities impact on one another. In olden times players fended for themselves or relied on family lawyers and the like when there was paperwork to sign or rand-and-cent matters to discuss - before 1994, Mike said, agencies were 'unheard of' locally. During the same era, Mike Makaab was equally close to the action and exhilarating liberations of the Rainbow moment, serving in '94 as technical manager and chief coach of Orlando Pirates, the biggest soccer club in South Africa, and in '95 leading it to become Club Champions of Africa; a year later he was technical advisor to the national team that won the Africa Cup of Nations. In 2001 Craig and Mike joined forces; today, their company, Prosport International, has offices in South Africa's main centres as well as Europe and greater Africa, and positions itself as a blue-chip management service for the blue-blood athlete. Mike may well have hung up his coach's whistle to stand at a remove from the field of play, that terrain where human struggle is simplified, clarified and enlarged, but its turbulence still roars in his life, as in Craig's, and is echoed by the engagements of their daily round: frequent flying, non-stop calls and meetings never-ending, with a litany of prospects, players, staff, sponsors, journos, CEO's, officials, coaches and more. 'If you have a good relationship with your agent,' Mike said, 'if you trust him, if he's been upfront with you, if he's believable in the industry, and he presents a scenario that as far as he believes is a fair deal given where you are in your career, the sensible sportsperson will understand and support that.' In the case of those who think they've been undervalued and undersold, 'you ultimately part ways'. Mike used himself as an example, spoke of himself. Was he possibly speaking to himself too - speaking to a younger, sporting self, and by extension revisiting his own coming-to-terms in the counsel he gives to the young guns, civilising their passions, initiating them into living reality?


Coming to Terms - Andre Wiesner

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Sports agents Mike Makaab and Craig Livingstone represent the cream of South Africa's athletes, who command jaw-dropping fees from clubs and sponsors.
Although unstintingly courteous, the legendary sports managers Mike Makaab and Craig Livingstone were giving my do-or-die offer a curiously ambiguous reception. For his part, Mike turned to the darts bid with the air of a man rolling up his sleeves to try and find some good in what the day hath brung. 'I guess,' he sighed after a pause, 'continue smoking … I've seen some of the world's best darts-players totally out of shape physically.' Did it mean the beer glass of my life was half full or half empty? I was, as I say, in an emotional turmoil as I tried to fathom the prophecy or indictment his words held. But Mike carried on speaking, and his voice took on a warm, golden note. There is much that a sports manager has to manage, and a player's expectations are right there at the top, bottom and centre of the list. 'The most important thing is that you need to get your confidence back, your eye in again, and - you know - start throwing those bull's-eyes.' He chuckled. 'Otherwise you ain't gonna make any money.' It was the sort of calming, tutelary gesture which he'd presumably bestowed many a time in his life, and whether I was being shown the way to glory or the door, I was certainly, with great delicacy, being shown the way. Our encounter was unusual, perhaps, in its details and extremity, but in its outline it appeared that it was a scene repeated time and again, the pivot around which so much else turns. Mike and Craig are leading and longstanding players in South Africa's sports-agency game, a demanding, high-stakes pursuit waged in the combustible space where sports, mass media, commerce and rock-hard life-realities impact on one another. In olden times players fended for themselves or relied on family lawyers and the like when there was paperwork to sign or rand-and-cent matters to discuss - before 1994, Mike said, agencies were 'unheard of' locally. During the same era, Mike Makaab was equally close to the action and exhilarating liberations of the Rainbow moment, serving in '94 as technical manager and chief coach of Orlando Pirates, the biggest soccer club in South Africa, and in '95 leading it to become Club Champions of Africa; a year later he was technical advisor to the national team that won the Africa Cup of Nations. In 2001 Craig and Mike joined forces; today, their company, Prosport International, has offices in South Africa's main centres as well as Europe and greater Africa, and positions itself as a blue-chip management service for the blue-blood athlete. Mike may well have hung up his coach's whistle to stand at a remove from the field of play, that terrain where human struggle is simplified, clarified and enlarged, but its turbulence still roars in his life, as in Craig's, and is echoed by the engagements of their daily round: frequent flying, non-stop calls and meetings never-ending, with a litany of prospects, players, staff, sponsors, journos, CEO's, officials, coaches and more. 'If you have a good relationship with your agent,' Mike said, 'if you trust him, if he's been upfront with you, if he's believable in the industry, and he presents a scenario that as far as he believes is a fair deal given where you are in your career, the sensible sportsperson will understand and support that.' In the case of those who think they've been undervalued and undersold, 'you ultimately part ways'. Mike used himself as an example, spoke of himself. Was he possibly speaking to himself too - speaking to a younger, sporting self, and by extension revisiting his own coming-to-terms in the counsel he gives to the young guns, civilising their passions, initiating them into living reality?


www.prosportinternational.com | aboutus

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Mike Makaab and James Macquet started Promarksport in August 1999, with Mike managing the football division and James the rugby division.
Mike Makaab and James Macquet started Promarksport in August 1999, with Mike managing the football division and James the rugby division. MIKE MAKAAB Managing Director: Global Football Mike Makaab started in the Player Agency business in 1998. In March 2001, he became the first FIFA accredited agent in South Africa. Prior to this, he was the Head Coach of Orlando Pirates for almost two years and under his guidance, Orlando Pirates won both the National Soccer League and African Champions League. In 1996, he was Technical Advisor to Bafana Bafana, victorious in the 1996 African Cup of Nations. Mike is passionate about the football business and spends most of his time securing the best career paths for his clients. He also, along with associates, started the Bootlaces Soccer Academy in KwaZulu Natal. Mike currently splits his time between Africa and Europe and is based in our Durban office. He is married with three children. MIKE MAKAAB Managing Director: Global Football



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Mike Makaab, CEO of Prosport International, the sports management company that brokered the Avontuur deal, was full of praise for the way in which Avontuur conducted their relationship with Delpech and wished both Avontuur and Delpech success in the future.


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