Pirates and Sundowns stars miss out


The Namibian duo of Deon Hotto and Peter Shalulile have become the first PSL heavyweight victims of disappointment by their countries after the Brave Warriors' failure to qualify for the AFCON finals.

Namibia's thin hopes of keeping their qualification chances went up in smoke on Wednesday night in Conakry when Guinea won 1-0 against Mali.

That result means both Guinea and Mali qualify from Group A leaving Namibia stranded in a group which also featured Chad – who were disqualified.

This means both Hotto and Shalulile will not be heading out for the Africa Cup of Nations and will be watching from television when the tournament is played early next year.

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The two players are already in camp with Namibia preparing for what will now be a dead-rubber tie against Guinea on Sunday in Windhoek.

Hotto has been in inspiring form since joining Orlando Pirates at the beginning of the season with seven goals and nine assists to his name. He has already won the MTN8.

Shalulile has also been proving his worth at Mamelodi Sundowns by leading the attack and scoring 14 goals plus six assists.

With the AFCON qualifiers ending during the current FIFA calendar week, several PSL stars face the risk of missing out on qualification with their countries.

After Uganda drew at home against Burkina Faso in Group B it means Denis Onyango's country must avoid defeat away at Gabadinho Mhango's Malawi.

Monday's game will pit the Sundowns keeper against the Orlando Pirates forward in a game that will decide who joins Burkina Faso in qualifying from Group B.

In Group H the neighbouring countries of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana have a battle on their hands in deciding who joins Algeria.

Though the Warriors of Zimbabwe have their destiny in their hands nothing is guaranteed considering the chaos that defines their FA and so Knowledge Musona, Marshal Munetsi, Khama Billiat and Terrence Dzvukamanja are not yet certain of qualification and could miss out.

It could be the same for the Zambian trio of Justin Shonga, Augustine Mulenga and Lazarous Kambole.

Mogakolodi Ngele is in the same boat with Botswana.

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