Zimbabwe Soccer Player Denied UK Work Permit

Home Office argued that the Warriors and former Harare United player should not be issued with a work permit as he does not meet the requirements.

The Home Office said Bhasera’s home nation Zimbabwe should be ranked in top 70 in the FIFA/Coca Cola World Rankings.

Zimbabwe are currently ranked 120, according to the rankings released on Thursday.

In addition to the Warriors rankings, the player should have played 75 percent of national team matches.

Peter Storrie, the Portsmouth chief executive, said in communication to Bhasera’s agent in Harare that they would appeal.

“The lad is a good player and has been on trial. We will now apply for a work permit. He’s played all the games for Zimbabwe; there are no issues with that at all. But unfortunately Zimbabwe needs to be in the top 70 but are 97th, so it would mean an appeal process,” Storrie said.

Storrie said they would appeal to the Home Office to issue the player a work permit on compassionate grounds due to the situation in Zimbabwe.

The 22-year Zimbabwe Warriors will go into the history if his appeal is entertained. He is set to become the fourth local player to break into the tough English Premiership after goalkeeper Bruce Grobelaar, Peter Ndlovu and Benjani Mwaruwari.