Stronger Hotto relive 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup
Brave Warriors winger Deon Hotto has come out mentality stronger from the 2016 Cosafa castle Cup campaign as he helped Namibia to the Plate Final honors and starts planning for the 2016/2017 season.
Deon Hotto the stars of the show last year when the Brave Warriors were crowned Cosafa Castle Cup champions for the first time in South Africa had a disappointing start to the 2016 edition at home as he missed the penalty to hand losing finalist Botswana victory in their quarterfinal clash on 18 June at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
But the former African Stars midfielder who ply his club trade for PSL side Golden Arrows, Hotto went on to score the second goal in the Plate section semifinal clash against Mozambique as they won 3-0 and followed that up with 1-0 win over Zambia in the final this past Friday.
“I knew I had it in me to come back. It was not easy but with the support I have around it was possible and scoring in the plate semis was great after missing that penalty against Botswana. It’s all in the mind and I stayed focused and had only one thing in my mind to use the next game to win the fans back”, Hotto states.
Hotto however reiterates the real goal of the team and how they missed the mark.
“We came into the tournament with the aim of defending the cup at home and that was not to be so we were disappointed but knew that football is a beautiful game and we got a chance to represent our nation with pride and achieved the best we could under the circumstances. Having the Head of State around, his loyal support kept us moving and to win the Plate in his presence meant so much” Hotto explains.
As Plate Final winners, finishing fifth overall, the Brave Warriors received N$ 100 000 while eventual champions South Africa, 3-2 winners over Botswana on Saturday night got N$ 500 000.
Namibia stopper Maximillian Mbaeva grew his reputation further as he took the Goalkeeper of the Tournament prize that came with N$ 20 000. He conceded just a single goal in the quarterfinal loss to Botswana, but then was rock solid in the Plate semifinals and final versus Mozambique and Zambia. Hedrick Somaeb top scored for Namibia with two goals while Itamunua Keimuine, Ronald Ketjijere and Hotto scored one each during the competition.