What Deon Hotto brings to Pirates


The imminent arrival of Deon Hotto could spell doom for the futures of Austin Muwowo and Paseka Mako at Orlando Pirates.

Hotto is set to join Pirates at the end of the season after successful negotiations between all parties involved in the deal.

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The Namibian international is also set to be joined at Bucs by his current Bidvest Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo ahead of the 2020/21 season.

Muwowo has struggled for game-time since arriving at Pirates last season and with Hotto's imminent arrival it brings the number of left-footed players at Bucs to seven.

Vincent Pule, Innocent Maela, Luvuyo Memela, Paseka Mako and Tebogo Tlolane, who is currently on loan at Maritzburg United, are all left-footed or left-sided players.

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Namibian agent Collin April, who watched Hotto extensively when he played for African Stars in his home country, believes the former Golden Arrows winger will succeed at Pirates.

"He brings a lot of experience and quality to Pirates. He is one of the most disciplined players I have ever come across in football. He knows what he wants in life," April tells KickOff.com from Windhoek.

"He has pace, speed and is a good crosser of the ball. He is versatile. He can play on the left and can also play as a number seven. He is also good playing behind the strikers.

"The most important thing is that he is a team player."

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Woody Jacobs, former coach at African Stars and current assistant for the Namibia national team, also feels Hotto is an excellent signing.

"He is a natural talent. The most humble player despite his stardom, despite his rise where he is now, he kept his feet on the ground. One of the most talented players Namibia has seen," says Jacobs.

"His enthusiasm for the game is unparalleled. Maybe [Peter] Shalulile is in the same mould. His enthusiasm for the game is unparalleled.

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"Technically sound, good runner. He can play equally well as a left-back, equally good on left wing, right wing and even through the middle.

"He used to tell me, 'Coach, put me in the middle, I am Xavi the Barcelona legend.'

"I see he has done well in South African football. Let's give credit to the teams in the PSL and the coaches he worked with. His hunger for the game makes him want to succeed at all levels. The sky is the limit for him."

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