Karabo Mathang

P Management more or less emerged from the boots of cars belonging to people who were passionate about football and came together to address the lack of proper and effective athletic management. Twenty-six-year-old Karabo Mathang, mother of two and one of the few women involved in the sport, was one of these people. It was at a match that her current business partner, Josy Tshabuse, mentioned the idea of becoming a soccer agent. The idea became a business, which Mathang started by offering free coaching clinics, and ultimately filled a gap by addressing the gulf between coaching amateur and professional league players, and helping unknown players to move up to a higher stage. Today, Mathang is recognised by Fifa as an accredited agent and is the first woman in South Africa to be accredited by the South African Football Association. P Management, which represents about 40 players, was pivotal in the rise of players such as Orlando Pirates’s Mbongeni Gumede and Banyana Banyana’s Amanda Dlamini. The company still holds free coaching clinics for disadvantaged children because Mathang believes talented local soccer players work in a cruel world in which there are only a few teams and many youngsters are struggling to get a break. She also believes that, as a woman in a predominantly male-dominated industry, the fact that she sticks out like a sore thumb means people are intrigued by her business and want to learn more. She is currently studying law through Unisa and, on the side, works in an up-and-coming investment company with a diverse portfolio. — Ilham Rawoot