Onismor Bhasera reacts to Zimbabwe's return to international football

Onismor Bhasera reacts to Zimbabwe's return to international football

With FIFA lifting the ban on Zimbabwe to return to international football, former national team defender and veteran Onismor Bhasera believes this opens the door for The Warriors’ next generation.

Zimbabwe were sanctioned early last year by the world governing football body for political interference, ruling them out of the AFCON qualifiers.

Bhasera, club captain at SuperSport United, is delighted to see them compete again.

"Over the moon with that one. You know it's been due; it's been coming. I think the guys were frustrated. You know, everyone wants to don the national team jersey," Bhasera said.

"As a player when you start playing professionally you always dream of wearing your national team colours."

The FIFA decision comes just in time ahead of the 2026 World Cup qualifiers, where Zimbabwe have been drawn in the same group as Bafana Bafana, Nigeria, Benin, Lesotho and Rwanda.

It’s Bhasera’s wish to see his country flourish again.

"To have that situation which was there, it was sad for a lot of players but right now we are very happy. I'm just praying and hope whoever is gonna come and step in there, they'll do things properly. They'll change the way things were done before, not to be the same. 

You get my point so that's my prayer that who's gonna come in there is gonna be established and put the organisation and do the things in a proper channel. 

So, all the best to whoever is gonna be there but we'd love to see things running smoothly with no hassles."