Zimbabwe international Onismor Bhasera scored his first goal for his club Plymouth Argyle as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over MK Dons in the English Coca-Cola League One on Tuesday night.
Bhasera fired in a spectacular 23rd-minute opener after picking up a loose ball 20 yards inside his own half and showed a blistering turn of pace to wrong-foot the Dons’ midfield before releasing a left-footed scorcher from just inside the penalty area.
Baz, as he is popularly known at his club, for a moment though, turned into a villain after he diverted Danny Woodards’ cross into his own net.
However, other goals from Kari Arnason and Chris Clark saved Bhasera the blushes as the Pilgrims collected the spoils in an ultimately entertaining game at MK Stadium.
The 25-year-old, who limped off the pitch at half-time with a knee injury, said he was happy following his debut goal for the “Green Army”.
“I feel great after that goal,” said Baz. “I took (the ball) from the centre and ran past two or three guys and just struck it. I could feel it when I hit it. I could feel that this one is definitely going to go in,” added the left- back.
He felt the win was just reward for the efforts he and his team-mates have put into their training recently.
“We have been working very hard. I think we deserved this. We have been so unlucky in the past couple of weeks, we have been working hard, but couldn’t get results.
“But we showed ourselves. We deserved to win, we played well in all departments: we defended well and attacked well. That is what you get if you play well.
“We hope to continue this run when we play again this weekend at Charlton. Winning away from home and playing so well shows that the guys have got spirit. We have to take it from here to Charlton,” he said
Bhasera’s side, who lost their last three games to Oldham, Huddersfield and Bournemouth before their Tuesday night victory, are languishing in 13th position with 33 points on the 24-team log standings.
The Mutare-born defender who joined the League One side in March last year is held in high esteem by his coach Peter Reid.
He has made 24 starts for his team’s 26 league games and was also involved in the team’s FA and League Cup games this season.
Bhasera, who did not play any top-flight football in the local Premiership, began his career with Northern Region Division One side Harare United but his performances soon attracted interest from South African scouts and he moved across the border to join Tembisa Classic in 2004.
Within a season, he was playing in the top flight of South African football for the ambitious Maritzburg United.
Baz continued to make superb progress in his fledgling career, prompting a move to Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs. He even played a friendly match against the touring Manchester United in 2008.
The following summer saw Baz training with Portsmouth but a contract dispute between Pompey and the Kaizer Chiefs thwarted his move to Fratton Park.
Sheffield Wednesday then joined the race for his signature but a knee injury would delay his dream move to English football.
The dream was finally realised when he became an Argyle player last summer after a lengthy process of negotiations involving Britain’s Department of Immigration, the English FA and the South African Football Federation.