Late fixture puts paid to Botes' action in Tunisia

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Just back from a ban from international competition, Botes would have given the Brave Warriors the inspiration they need in attack in the preparations for the African Cup of Nations in Ghana, but due to flight problems he will now miss the trip to North Africa.

“I was set to join the national team, which is something I have been looking forward to since I haven’t been in the team for a while due to a CAF suspension. However, with Platinum Stars playing in a league fixture last night, it would have been unfair for me to travel to Tunis, get there just hours before the game and then expect to play while I still have jet-lag.

“I played in a tough match against AmaZulu and then having to spend so much time in a plane across the continent and still expect to play well would have been impossible.

“If I had been able to go today I would have only managed to get to Tunis on Friday night since the flight available would have taken me through London first. Had our match been played in the afternoon, I would have been able to rush to Johannesburg after the match and catch a flight to join my team mates who left last night.

“I still hold my commitment for the national team as I also want to play a crucial role at the Nations Cup,” says Botes.

But while Botes stayed behind fellow countryman Hartman Toromba of Black Leopards and Jomo Cosmos pair of Abisai Shiningayamwe and Sydney Plaatjies were able to fly back to Namibia yesterday.