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Bhasera hopes his healthy lifestyle sets an example for youngsters

SuperSport United left-back Onismor Bhasera says he has always respected his body and is determined to set a good example for young footballers.

The 33-year-old Zimbabwe international has been going strong since starting out at Tembisa Classic in 2004, and has since played for Maritzburg United, Golden Arrows, Jomo Cosmos, Kaizer Chiefs, Plymouth Argyle (England), Bidvest Wits, and now Matsatsantsa.

Bhasera believes his focus on staying healthy and avoiding alcohol and smoking has benefited his career.

"I have always made sure I stay away from dirty lifestyle. Things like alcohol, nightclubs and smoking are dangerous and I have always avoided them," Bhasera told Sowetan.

"I have always taken care of my body. I am mindful of what I eat. I always eat healthy. My body is the one that puts food on the table for me, so it's important that I respect it in return, by staying fit."

Bhasera is also determined to be a good role model for the young players making their mark in the game.

He added: "There's a lot of youngsters coming through the system. Some of them look up to us as seniors, so you don't just want to be a senior player, but you must be one who leads by example."