Bucs new man Hotto ready to engage Zinnbauer in Deutsch

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Orlando Pirates new signing Deon Hotto Picture: Orlando Pirates FC Twitter
Orlando Pirates new signing Deon Hotto Picture: Orlando Pirates FC Twitter


Orlando Pirates new signing Deon Hotto is not only bringing his amazing ball skills to the Soweto giants, the Namibian international could come in handy as a translator too.

This especially when the German tactician Josef Zinnbauer is still polishing his English, while also adapting to the local environment since he took over as Pirates head coach in December.

Ich spreche Deutsch ya
Deon Hotto

Hotto revealed in an interview with the Pirates website that he speaks German.

The former Bidvest Wits winger was born in the coastal city of Swakopmund in Namibia, a former German colony.

“Ich spreche Deutsch ya,” Hotto responded when asked if he can speak German. “Yeah, I can speak the language. Me and the coach [Zinnbauer] will certainly communicate in German from time to time. Who knows, maybe there will be times where the coach wants me to pass on a particular message to a teammate.

“Growing up in Swakopmund, I played for Swakopmund Football Club which was owned by a gentleman from Germany. This is where I learnt German. The club is actually supported by clubs from Germany,” he explained.

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Hotto added that he also had the opportunity to play in Europe when he was an Under-17 player.

The 28-year-old was on Monday unveiled as a Pirates player, alongside Bafana Bafana and Wits captain Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Hotto was introduced to the PSL by Golden Arrows six years ago when the Durban-based side signed him from African Stars, the Namibian outfit that Pirates knocked out in the preliminary stage of the 2018 CAF Champions League.

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He later moved to Bloemfontein Celtic but it was at Wits where his talent came through. He also played an instrumental role in helping the now defunct university club to the their first league title three seasons ago.


Daniel Mothowagae 

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