Mosimane: Hotto Discloses How the South African Tactician Inspired His Historic Goal Against Tunisia

Mosimane: Hotto Discloses How the South African Tactician Inspired His Historic Goal Against Tunisia

Raphael Abiola
updated at January 17, 2024 at 2:43 PM
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  • Deon Hotto has explained how he drew inspiration from Pitso Mosimane going into the tie with Tunisia
  • The Orlando Pirates forward scored the goal that gave the Brave Warriors their first win in AFCON history
  • The Brave Warriors will face Bafana Bafana of South Africa in their next group game in the competition

Orlando Pirates star Deon Hotto has disclosed how South African manager, Pitso Mosimane, inspired him to his historic goal for Namibia against Tunisia.

The Namibian forward led his nation to their first win in the Africa Cup of Nations history against Tunisia on Tuesday evening.

The Bucs star scored in the closing stages of the game to seal all three points for the Brave Warriors against the Carthage Eagles.

Deon Hotto fights for the ball with Bechir Ben Said during the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Group E football match between Tunisia and Namibia. Photo: Fadel Senna.
Deon Hotto fights for the ball with Bechir Ben Said during the Africa Cup of Nations 2023 Group E football match between Tunisia and Namibia. Photo: Fadel Senna.
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In an interview after the match, according to iDiskiTimes, Hotto explained how Mosimane was the source of inspiration going into their game against the 2004 African champions.

"[This win] shows that if you just put in the hard work, it will pay off; there is a tweet that I read from coach Pitso Mosimane on Sunday; 'Football is a game of tactics and organisation, professionalism and hard work'," he said.

The Pirates star went further to disclose how three elements can make a team difficult to beat.

"If you have those three things, it's hard to beat a team against that, and today we showed, we battled together, we learned together, we moved as a team, and yes, there are moments where we were shaken, but we kept our heads cool."

Namibia's next group game would be against 1998 champions South Africa on Sunday, January 21, at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium, Korhogo.

Mosimane compares Tau's penalty miss to Saka's

Sports Brief earlier reported on Pitso Mosimane comparing Percy Tau's penalty miss against Mali to the one Bukayo Saka missed when England faced Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

South Africa lost their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations opener against the Eagles 2-0, with Tau missing a first-half penalty.

Mosimane, who was one of SuperSport TV's pundits for the game, reacted to the miss from his former player.

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Raphael Abiola is a Nigerian Sports Journalist with over five years of experience. He obtained a B.Tech degree in Computer Science from the Federal University of Technology, Akure, in 2015.
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