Hotto: It wasn’t easy to qualify for AFCON last 16

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  • Post published:January 26, 2024

Namibian attacker Deon Hotto admits it was not easy trying to qualify for the round of 16 in the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Orlando Pirates forward played a starring role in helping Namibia qualify for the knockout stages after being named Man of the Match in their final group game against Mali.

As a result, Namibia qualified for the last 16 after finishing third in Group E with four points from three games, having won one, drew one and conceded one defeat.

Hotto admits that it was tough walking away with a point against a very difficult Mali outfit.

“It wasn’t easy. We fought until the last minute, until the final whistle. This qualification means a lot for Namibia,” Hotto told CAFOnline.

“When we arrived at the match, we already knew we had a point and we were qualified.

“But we tried to have a low block and take advantage of a few transitions. The Mali team is very strong, especially on these sides, so we clearly played low. We contained them but we also had chances.

“It was our day. As the match went on, you could see that nothing could happen to us.”

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