Kaiser Chiefs ready to spoil Bhasera's dream

LONDON, UK – Kaizer Chiefs are ready to drop talks with Portsmouth over the sale of their fullback Onismor Bhasera.

The South African club’s manager Bobby Motaung is expecting the Zimbabwe international to return home soon.

He said: "They say they owe Chelsea and some other clubs, therefore they are unable to pay us.

"What we are asking for is compensation, not necessarily a normal transfer fee, but still Portsmouth have financial problems.

"We were even giving them a grace period of keeping the player and paying us in January, still they cant afford to do so. He is the one who said he wanted to go. If he comes back, we will continue to pay his salary and look for another club for him."

Meanwhile, In their quest to ensure that the Cosafa Senior Men’s Challenge tournament is a resounding success the Zimbabwe Football Association has set up a command centre at a local hotel to coordinate various functions related to hosting the tournament.

The command centre is made up of a full secretariat that will be responsible for managing all issues related to the 14 team regional tournament.

It was set up to ensure that the operations of the local soccer governing body do not interfere with the day to day affairs related to preparing for the tournament, hence the setting up of the centre away from the Zimbabwe Football Association offices.

A member of the command center personnel, who’s also the Zimbabwe Football Association marketing consultant, Darren Thompson says they have covered a lot of ground in preparing for the regional soccer showpiece.

“We’re 60% in terms of progress made in preparing for the tournament. We’re going according to schedule and everything will be in place well before the tournament starts. The command center staff is working around the clock to ensure we achieve that goal,” said Thompson.

Thompson said the tournament will give Zimbabwe an opportunity to showcase what the country is capable of doing in terms of hosting major competitions.