Bidvest Wits attacker Deon Hotto says he was shocked to see how ‘shaky’ Bafana Bafana were in the first half of their African Cup of Nations Group D encounter on Friday.
The Brave Warriors suffered their second straight defeat in Group D after conceding a narrow 1-0 defeat to South Africa.
The South Africa-based midfielder felt that Bafana were a bit nervous in the first half but admits that they came out much stronger in the second stanza.
‘To be honest, I didn’t expect them to play the way they did. They were a bit shaky in the first half. We were all over them, but in the second half they came out stronger,’ Hotto told the media after the game.
The Wits attacker insists that his side are shifting their focus on their final Group D encounter against Ivory Coast.
‘Yeah…definitely, now it’s all about Ivory Coast now. We need to go all out now and hope for the best. As a football player, you know when you beat your opponent that final touch, decision making is always a problem,’ he added.
Meanwhile, Hotto also shared his thoughts on how different it is to play in the Absa Premiership and for his national team
‘It’s not about clicking…I had a good season with my club that is true but it’s now different. I am with the national team and we are facing different opponents, some of the players at my national team, we don’t train and play together. It’s always tricky,’ Hotto said.
‘For me, it’s a very tough question to answer. Remember we haven’t had the league in two seasons in Namibia and most of our players play at home. So it’s a bit difficult to answer but the coach is always trying to keep the national team together and come early for camp.’
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