Kick Off



The disappoint­ment of not being able to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with the Brave Warriors having come so close is keenly felt by Hotto, whose intention was to rub shoulders with stars playing in Europe again.

“I won’t say it is understand­able, but the truth is that there has been no league football in Namibia for three years now,” Hotto says. “Those playing outside are just six, so it is a challenge, and we are disappoint­ed. We now must look forward to the World Cup qualifiers.

“This is a lesson learnt for the federation to let the league start again. I played against Riyaad Mahrez, Kaloidou Koulibaly, Sadio Mane and Naby Keita, so you just have to admit that in football there are levels, and you have to learn from those playing in the top leagues.

“How they structure themselves when they have the ball and what they do in the moment when they lose it is marvellous. It looks easy when you watch on television, but play against then and you will learn.”

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