Bhasera is a guiding light
Part of the duty of being a senior player is to guide the youngsters, and SuperSport United veteran defender Onismor Bhasera (above) is perfecting that role, with the full trust of head coach Kaitano Tembo.
The Zimbabwean international, by choice, takes the level of responsibly beyond the football pitch as he cautions his teammates not to get carried away by social media and the like, that might distract them from their job on the field of play.
“Some of us are lucky that when we started off our careers we had good leadership like Cyril Nzama at Kaizer Chiefs, who I still keep in touch with. We still sit down and have lunch and he still advises me,” Bhasera told the Saturday Citizen.
“We need to guide these youngsters because there are all of those things such as Instagram and Twitter.
“Back then it was there but it was not that big. The boys are all over the place and it is okay to be all over the place but do not lose focus.
“You must know your job and what brings food to the table,” he added.
While he is the watchdog of his juniors, he also owns the left-back position at United, which he is likely to star in again this afternoon against Golden Arrows in an Absa Premiership tie in KwaZulu-Natal.
After beating Chippa United 3-0 last time out, Bhasera says Matsanstansta A Pitori have gone back to the drawing board to plot new ways to win all three points against Abafana Bes’thende.
“All of the games are different. We are not going to plan the same, that would be daft, but what doesn’t change is the work rate, the enthusiasm to want it more.
“That is what we are looking for,” said Bhasera, whose side is currently third on the Absa Premiership log.
Should they secure a top three finish, United will return to either the Caf Champions League or Confederation Cup where they played TP Mazembe in the final in 2017.
“We are missing Africa, we had a good time travelling as a team, we had a chance to bond and we played in the final...I am sure that everyone enjoyed that and would love to go back there.
“There are some young guys who have never played out there on the continent, even at national team level so it would be good for them to go out there.”