Onismor Bhasera set for Plymouth
Posted: 12 March 2010 Time: 11:34
Onismor Bhasera has finally overcome the obstacle of obtaining a work permit paving way for his three year deal with relegation threatened English Championship club Plymouth Argyle to come into effect.
The latest developments will end the hell that Bhasera has faced for the greater part of this season as he battled his way out of a contractual dispute with Kaizer Chiefs in his search of a move to an English club that has seen him train at Portsmouth and Queens Park Rangers.
Having made an impression on the Pilgrims' boss Paul Mariner, Bhasera had been handed a contract which was however subject to a work permit being granted.
But with Bhasera not meeting the stringent English conditions of having played 75 percent of Zimbabwe's matches in the last two years and his national team falling outside the top 70 nations in the Fifa rankings he was then forced to lodge an appeal through his club at the independent tribunal.
The appeal was then lodged early this week in North London with the outcome being that Bhasera be granted a work permit.
Ralph Nkomo who handles the affairs of Bhasera told Zimbabwean newspaper The Herald that the tribunal had ruled that Bhasera be granted a work permit.
"We have finally received a work permit for Onismor and that is exciting news because that gives him the green light to join Plymouth Argyle and all that we are waiting for is the formalities that will come with Kaizer Chiefs advising Safa to release an international clearance," Nkomo is quoted as saying.
Formalities related with Chiefs advising Safa to release the international clearance is what will be the last stage that will see Bhasera get back to action.
Bhasera – who has been compared to England left-back Ashley Cole by the English media – was in Johannesburg last week to meet the Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung where he had a fruitful meeting.
"I sent Onismor to Johannesburg and he met Bobby Motaung and they had fruitful discussions and we are all happy for that because we also understood that it just didn't sound right for Kaizer Chiefs to keep feeling that they were being given a raw deal.
"Onismor understands now, especially after the meeting he had with Bobby, that there were things that he probably didn't do right and Chiefs were right to question one or two things related to his move.
"But we have since sorted that out in an amicable way and we are ready to take the next step forward so that the player can start playing once again," Nkomo is quoted as saying.