Namibia’s hottest property in the South African ABSA premiership, Henrico Botes is still over the moon over his Platinum Stars’ victory in the MTN 8 finals a fortnight ago and cannot wait to face Mamelodi Sundowns this Friday in the Telkom KnockOut Cup.
For Botes beating Orlando Pirates and lifting his first coveted silverware with Stars meant more than just a victory, as it has opened floodgates for more titles.
Platinum Stars defeated fancied Pirates 3-1 in a penalty shootout pocketing N$8m in the process.
“It has been long time coming for this club. It was a blessing to win after several attempts in the past. I received good compliments from the management of the club because this cup means a lot to me and also for Namibia,” said Botes.
Stars are also in hunt for another major trophy, the Telkom KnockOut Cup where they are drawn in the quarter finals against big spenders Mamelodi Sundowns on the 18th of October.
Botes, who has become a cult-name in Rustenburg, says Stars has a good record against Sundowns.
“We want to win every game of course. For the past three years Sundowns has not beaten us at home both in the cup and in the league, and this is just boost for us,” says Botes, who has struck a strong telepathy upfront with Malawian hitman and club captain Robert Ngambi upfront.
The 33 year old Namibian played the season of his career last year where Stars missed the league title by a whisker to Kaizer Chiefs.
“Robert is the best striker in the league at the moment and I am lucky to play with him. I hope he stays here longer because many clubs are after his signature, who knows even the league title might come away,” says Botes.
Botes whose Brave Warriors career was affected by injury says he is ready to return to the national team if called up.
“I am always in contact with the national team management, even the last game against Kenya I was called up but I could make it because of the injuries but I am fine now and ready to represent my country again.”
The former Young Ones, Ramblers and Moroka Swallows free scoring ace has not only settled in his private life but has made huge investments in South Africa and at home.
He lives with his wife in a fancy town house in Rustenburg and looks forward to ending his career with Stars.
“ I recently bought a jaguar car not the latest model but it’s very nice and also I bought a house in Johannesburg that I am renting out and another one in Hartbeespoort dam just outside Johannesburg. Of course it’s my dream to be here for years to come as I am happy and who knows hopefully I can end my career here.”