Hotto switch to Pirates

Dream move sealed

27 September 2020 | Sports

Gerald Güther; Coach and technical director of SFC; “He had a dream and he lived it!”

Swakopmund • [email protected]

Deon Hotto was recently unveiled as signing for South African soccer giants Orlando Pirates.

Gerald Güther, who formerly coached Hotto at Swakopmund Football Club (SFC), said that he is extremely proud of the player he has become.

“It is gratifying to see someone from your hometown achieving such heights. He fully deserves all he has accomplished because he had to put immense work into it. It is his love, dedication and respect for the game that opened many doors for him. He was easy to coach and to motivate,” he said.

Hotto was under Güther’s mentorship during his teenage years.

According to the coach, although Hotto is small in stature, he developed under his watch due to his dedication.

“From the age of 17, I noticed how good and eager he was to show his skills on a bigger stage. It was however difficult for him to hold down a regular place in SFC first team. This led him to join a youthful team run by two other local coaches who wanted to give young players a chance.”

After spending a season away from SFC, Hotto came back stronger, more determined and better prepared for the senior level.

“He learnt quickly and was always eager to improve himself. He had a dream and he lived it!” said Güther.

Friedel Kheibeb, who is a first team player for SFC and also coaches the SFC Old Crocks on a voluntary basis, also sand Hotto’s praises.

During his high school days, Kheibeb who played for Swakopmund Secondary School, faced off against Hotto’s Hermann Gmeiner Technical High School (now Coastal High School) on numerous occasions.
“He was one of the trickiest and toughest opponents I had to face. He was hardworking and had the skill as well as the talent to compliment that hard work.”

Kheibeb said Hotto was always working on his trade, be it on weekends with friends in the streets or at SFC on his own.

“He is a perfect example of what an aspiring professional footballer should be,” said Kheibeb advised Hotto not forget where he comes from.

Kheibeb congratulated Hotto, saying it was his desire and determination that was the key to his success.

“As much as SFC formed the technically gifted player, he is responsible for the great man he has turned out to be, so we salute you Deon!”

Hotto moved from Bidvest Wits to Orlando Pirates and was unveiled as a new player last week, after Bidvest Wits was sold to Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila.

Proud moment

“I couldn’t be prouder or feel more privileged to join Orlando Pirates and make my dreams come true. I can’t wait to wear the black and white,” the player said on Twitter.

The 29-year-old midfielder was instrumental in ensuring that Bidvest Wits finished in a respectable fourth position in a very competitive South African ABSA Premier Soccer League 2019/2020 season. His six goals and five assists bear testimony to this.

Hotto was also part of the Namibian national team that lifted the country’s maiden honour, namely the COSAFA (Council of Southern Africa Football Association) Castle Cup in 2015.

The dazzling winger further featured in Namibia’s third appearance in the Total CAF (Confederation of African Football) African Cup of Nations in 2019.

Apart from SFC and Bidvest Wits, his other previous clubs include Blue Boys (Swakopmund), African Stars (Windhoek) as well as South African clubs Golden Arrows and Bloemfontein Celtic.

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