COSAFA: Stronger Hotto relives 2016 Cosafa Castle Cup

27 Jun 2016 17:30pm
WINDHOEK, 27 JUN (NAMPA) - Brave Warriors winger Deon Hotto has come out mentality stronger from the 2016 Council of Southern Africa Football Association (Cosafa) Castle Cup campaign, as he helped Namibia to Plate final honours against Zambia in the capital Friday.
Hotto, the star 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 a penalty to hand losing finalist Botswana a victory in their quarterfinal clash on 18 June at the Sam Nujoma Stadium.
But the former African Stars midfielder, who now ply his club trade for Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Golden Arrows, went on to score the second goal in the Plate section semifinal against Mozambique as Namibia won 3-0.
“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 was quoted as saying in a media statement issued by the Namibia Football Association on Monday.
He revealed that the team's sole aim during the tournament was to defend the trophy on home soil.
“We came into the tournament with the aim of defending the cup at home, but that was not to be so we naturally we are disappointed. Having the Head of State (Hage Geingob) around, his loyal support kept us moving and to win the Plate in his presence meant so much to me,” Hotto explained.
As Plate final winners, finishing fifth overall, the Brave Warriors received N.dollars 100 000.
Namibia’s goal keeper Maximillian Mbaeva took the Goalkeeper of the Tournament prize that came with N.dollars 20 000 after conceding a single goal from open play during the tournament.
Hedrick Somaeb was top scorer for Namibia with two goals, while Itamunua Keimuine, Ronald Ketjijere and Hotto scored a goal each during the competition.