Pompey and Chiefs fight over Bhasera
By TONY MASHATI
JOHANNESBURG – The war of words between Kaizer Chiefs and English Premier League side Portsmouth continue as they fight over the services of Zimbabwean leftback Onismor Bhasera.
The English side have confirmed that they have asked Fifa to intervene in the on-going dispute.
Portsmouth thought that they had signed the 23-year-old defender on a free transfer, but Chiefs claimed that Bhasera still has 12 months left on his contract with Amakhosi.
Portsmouth chairman Peter Storrie said that Fifa are still looking at the situation.
“Onismor believes that he is a free agent and Chiefs say he isn’t so we have asked Fifa to look into it to enable us to progress with the move.
“We have successfully appealed for a work permit and want the player to sign for us, but he can only do so once we know the true nature of his registration,” Storrie said.
However, Chiefs manager Bobby Motaung told kick-off.com that the only reason the deal hasn’t gone through is because Portsmouth are struggling financially.
“Portsmouth have financial problems, and I have a letter from them and they say they owe Chelsea, they owe this one, and it’s their problem not ours,” said Motaung.
“They can’t afford to pay us small change, we said it is a compensation not a transfer fee. We even said to them we will give them a six month period of grace so that they can keep the player and pay us in January, without success,” added Motaung.
However, Portsmouth denied that the delay in the transfer of the player was about money.
“This has absolutely nothing to do about finance – this is misguided and inaccurate,” Storrie said. Source: The Citizen