Dad, Agent Disagreement Threaten Bill Antonio's Belgium Trial1 year ago
19-year-old Dynamos winger Bill Antonio’s trial stint in Belgium is now in doubt due to differences between the player’s agent, Placcedes Jefferson, and his father, Nowell Antonio.
Bill was invited for trials by Pro League side KV Mechelen for assessment from 1 to 30 April this year but he is yet to get the visa and other necessary documentation for the trip.
Speaking to The Herald on Monday, Bill’s Father, Nowell, said the people representing his son are not operating in good faith. He said:
The people in Belgium called and said they wanted Bill for trials to see if he has the qualities that they would want.
I feel this is a very good opportunity for Bill and as a father I can only encourage him to remain focused on his game, put in a lot of effort and give it a try because it’s all about his career.
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But the issue now is that the people who are supposed to be fronting this are not operating in good faith and there is a danger that the boy could run into problems in the future.
As a father, I am duty-bound to avoid that at all costs because I came a long way in supporting my son’s education and his fledgling football career.
… there are people waiting to manipulate his minor status. A registered UK-based intermediary had offered to assist because these people are not operating in good faith. But the agent is not playing ball.