Botes 'to live' with disappointment

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The towering striker who has regularly captained the Brave Warriors went under the knife in December after being advised that what he thought to be a slight knock on the knee needed an operation to be rectified.

“I had an operation after being told by doctors that I had cartilage problem in my right knee. At the time I didn’t believe it that I would miss out on a dream trip to Ghana.

“It has always been my dream to play at the African Cup of Nations and what hurts the most is that I was part of the qualifiers and had also had a ban lifted,” Botes told snl24.com/kickoff on Monday when he arrived back from Namibia.

“I have to admit that I have been frustrated at the reality of missing tournament though I am learning to make peace with the situation.

“I am on crutches now for another week and will obviously be supporting my teammates when they do duty. I spent some time with them at home.”

The 28-year-old striker, who joined Stars at the beginning of the season from Moroka Swallows, says he is not sure as yet when he will be back in action.

“The last time I went to the doctor was in December and he indicated that it could be three months before I am back in full action. I will begin physiotherapy as soon as I am off the crutches; then I will start with my rehabilitation,” he says.

Another experienced Namibian campaigner who will be missing from Ghana is Santos midfielder Robert Nauseb who is still recovering from a foot operation.