Bhasera is a guid­ing light

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport - Michael­son Gumede

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.”

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