‘Fifa will free Bhasera’

THE Onismor Bhasera transfer wrangle took a new turn this week with the player’s agent Richard Gomes launching a scatching attack on Kaizer Chiefs over the club’s refusal to release the left-back to English premiership side Portsmouth on a free transfer.

In a charged interview with South Africa’s Soccer Laduma magazine, Gomes threw down the gauntlet on Chiefs, insisting that the 23-year-old Zimbabwe international was a free agent.

Gomes, who enjoyed a stint at Chelsea and is now a player agent with extensive contacts in Europe, said Bhasera would be vindicated when world-governing body Fifa deliver a ruling on the matter.

“I’m representing Bhasera in this deal and the claim by Chiefs that the player is still under contract with them is utter rubbish!” said Gomes.

“Fifa will make an announcement soon and I’m sure it will be in favour of Portsmouth and Bhasera. I’II stay silent until then.”

When asked to justify his buoyancy over Fifa’s pending judgement, Gomes retorted: “First of all, if Bhasera is still under contract with Chiefs, why are they not paying his salary? He has not received a salary for months! Secondly, if they are not paying him for a reason, like he has failed to report for training or he has been suspended, then they have to state the reason and say his contract is null and void, or either way you look at it. Chiefs are at fault!”

Chiefs officials still maintain that Portsmouth “did not come to the party” in the deal.

Recently, former Portsmouth defender Sol Campbell criticised the struggling club’s lack of ambition when they failed to sign Zimbabwe captain Benjani Mwaruwari and other players at the beginning of the season.

Mutare-born Bhasera, who never played top flight football in Zimbabwe, added to a list of local players who enjoyed cult hero status at Amakhosi during his stint with the Soweto giants.

 

Enock Muchinjo

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