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Hotto Sourced Pitso Inpiration In Historic AFCON Win For Namibia

Namibia forward Deon Hotto has revealed how Pitso Mosimane inspired him to that historic goal, which saw his country secure their first-ever win at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Orlando Pirates utility-man, who’s been used primarily as a wing-back at club level this season, produced a tireless display on the wing against Africa’s third-ranked side Tunisia and popped up in the 87th minute to score a winner for his national team.

It puts The Brave Warriors into a strong position going into their clash against Bafana Bafana on Sunday, as South Africa fell to a 2-0 defeat in their opener against Mali.

But not getting ahead of what transpired on Tuesday evening at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium, Hotto revealed how Mosimane was an unlikely source of inspiration going into the game.

“[This win] shows that if you just put in the hard work, it will pay off, there’s a tweet that I read from coach Pitso Mosimane on Sunday… he said, ‘Football is a game of tactics and organisation, professionalism and hard work’,” Hotto said after netting the only goal of the game in Namibia’s historic win over Tunisia.

“If you have those three things, it’s difficult to beat a team against that, and today we showed, we fought together, we learned together, we moved as a team and yes there are moments where we were shaken but we kept our heads cool – but it’s a stepping stone, there’s still greater things for us as a country.”

Deon Daniel Hotto of Namibia awarded TotalEnergies Player of the Match during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations Finals match between Tunisia and Namibia at Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium in Korhogo on 16 January 2024 ©Weam Mostafa/BackpagePix

Black Leopards attacker Bethuel Muzeu, who came on as a second-half substitute for Prins Tjiueza, provided a sublime assist, which was fitting for a goal of that magnitude, one for the ages for the Cosafa region.

“Coming to [the assist from] Bethuel Muzeu, he knew what his task was, he actually did what we’ve been trying, it was a pin-point cross,” Hotto explained.

“I read him when he cut in, I knew he was going to bring the ball to the far-post, we know Tunisia like pushing their full-backs high, that’s where we capitalised and we’re just grateful for Namibia [to get that first win].”

The 33-year-old has scored 10 goals in 65 senior international appearances for his country since making his debut back in 2013.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.