PRESS BOX VIEW: Onismor Bhasera call is frustrating for Fletcher
ARGYLE manager Carl Fletcher does not generally show any frustration when talking to The Herald and the rest of the local media.
But the latest international call-up for versatile left-sided player Onismor Bhasera has clearly irked him.
Bhasera is part of Zimbabwe's squad for their Africa Cup Nations qualifier against Angola on September 9.
The second round first leg will be played in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare the day after Argyle meet Torquay United in the first Devon derby of the season at Plainmoor.
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The return match will take place in Angola on October 12, the night before the Pilgrims travel to Barnet in League Two.
Should Zimbabwe upset the formbook and beat Angola on aggregate, they will qualify for the finals of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Bhasera played twice for Zimbabwe in June, including a previous Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Burundi in June.
That led to Fletcher allowing Bhasera to start pre-season training with Argyle later than the rest of the squad.
Now the Pilgrims boss is powerless to prevent Bhasera from spending more time away from Home Park.
Asked about Bhasera's call-up for the game against Angola next weekend, Fletcher chose his words carefully, but his frustration was evident.
He said: "It's unfortunate. He had games for Zimbabwe in the summer as well, but that's the way it is.
"It's disappointing it's such a long way away as well. We lose him for a couple of extra days because of the length of the flights.
"There are not too many direct flights from Zimbabwe to Plymouth! He does a lot of travelling. It's part and parcel of what he needs to do."
Not too much reading between the lines is needed there, but Fletcher, who is working with a small squad and no international breaks built into the League Two programme, is powerless to do anything about it.
And it could get worse for Argyle, and Fletcher, should Zimbabwe beat Angola on aggregate.
The finals of the Africa Cup of Nations take place from January 19 to February 10 – a period which covers four league games for the Pilgrims.
And Bhasera would probably miss a match or two before that to prepare for the tournament, which has been moved forward 12 months so it does not clash with the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
So there could be more frustration on the horizon for Fletcher.