11 August 2009

UK work permit snag scuttles Portsmouth deal

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The United Kingdom Home Office has scuttled a deal that would see Zimbabwean defender Onismor Bhasera making a move to English Premiership side Portsmouth by denying him a work permit.

UK work permit

A Zimbabwean defender has lost out on a deal with Portsmouth after failing to gain a UK work permit.

The Zimbabwean defender had impressed Portsmouth during trials.

Portsmouth Chief Executive Peter Storrie admitted even before the application that Bhasera stood little chance of getting the UK work permit because of stringent UK Home Office rules.

Only footballers whose countries are ranked within the world’s top 70 can be considered for  permits. According  to the latest FIFA/Coca Cola World Rankings, Zimbabwe is currently 97.

Storrie however vowed they would appeal on compassionate grounds given Zimbabwe’s current situation.

“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.

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