Bhasera cannot wait

National team defender Onismor Bhasera wanted to hit the ground running when he joined Absa Premiership side, Bidvest Wits United recently, but now has to wait for papers before he starts trading leather in SA again.

Can’t wait - Bhasera.
Can’t wait – Bhasera.

Having played in the neighbouring country for more than five years, the former Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs star, who returns from the UK, qualifies for SA permanent residence and has already applied so that he can be registered as a non-foreigner.

“I like playing in South Africa because it has one of the world’s best 10 leagues. I cannot wait to begin playing. I still have the same hunger that made me successful with Chiefs some seasons ago and will show that when I start playing,” said the left wingback, who turned down offers to continue playing for English fourth division side, Plymouth Argyle, and to re-join Chiefs.

Bhasera had a fruitful stay with Chiefs, where he made 52 appearances between 2007 and 2009, but had a bitter wrangle when he left the club for the UK, where the rift cost him a deal with Portsmouth, who were then in the FA Premiership.

“I have no hard feelings against Chiefs and enjoyed the last time I played for them, but I felt that I needed a fresh challenge and joining Wits, who have a new coach was the best way I could get that. The decision to join them was also influenced by the existence of my former Chiefs teammate, Tinashe Nengomasha and fellow countryman, Thomas Sweswe and Benjani Mwaruwari,” he said.

Bhasera played more than 100 games with Plymouth, for who he was almost always guaranteed a starting berth.

“The game in England is very competitive and played at a high tempo, but I enjoyed myself there and was once voted the club’s best player, but I had to move on after we got relegated. I am now focused on my new challenge at Wits and the club having hired a new coach means we are all starting from point zero, so we have to fight for our places in the starting line-up,” said Bhasera.

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