Mpote calls up Swedish-based player who once snubbed Botswana

Mahoto in action in Sweden (Pic from Internet)
Mahoto in action in Sweden (Pic from Internet)

Zebras coach, Mogomotsi ‘Teenage’ Mpote says he has been tracking the progress of Swedish based player, Ethany Mahoto who was named in the national side preparing for a friendly match against Angola next week.

Mahoto was called up by Namibia in 2020 and was quoted as saying he had no connection with Botswana. “Namibia is my motherland. I have no connection with Botswana besides the fact that I was born there. As for Sweden, I just have citizenship because I grew up there,” Mahoto was quoted as saying in an article published in the Namibian. He was called up at a time when Namibia was preparing for the African Nations Championships (CHAN) finals held in Cameroon which were due to be held in Cameroon that year (2020) but were postponed due to COVID-19.

On Monday, Mpote named Mahoto in his side that is preparing to face Angola in an international friendly match at the Dobisonville Stadium in Soweto next week. Mpote told Mmegi Sport that he has been in touch with the player’s coach regarding his progress. Mpote also said he has watched footage of the player in action in the Scandinavian country. “I have been monitoring his play through videos and also I speak to his coach,” Mpote said. According to information, Mahoto is a 23-year-old left footed attacking midfielder. Mahoto was born in Francistown on January 20, 1999 to Namibian parents but grew up in Sweden. He has played for IFK Lulea before moving to Kariskrona in the second division. Meanwhile, Mpote will officially be unveiled as Zebras coach at Lekidi Centre on Tuesday morning.

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