No soccer, but Hotto still scores

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Timo Shihepo

Football leagues remain suspended in Southern Africa, but that has not stopped Namibian winger Deon Hotto from scoring big headlines in South Africa.

Feeding all the buzz is Hotto’s future as the PSL’s Big 3 - Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, and Sundowns – chase the Bidvest Wits man.

Before COVID-19 forced suspension of the league in March this, Hotto was enjoying a purple patch that had seen him score eight goals and contribute five assists in all competitions.

His consistency in recent years has seen him become one of the best soccer players in Southern Africa, and Transfermarkt in April rated him the second most valuable foreign footballer in South Africa (R24.4 million), behind Zimbabwe’s Khama Billiat (R38.6 million).

Not only are South Africa’s big guns gunning for Hotto, so too is an unnamed Qatari club, according to media reports from South Africa.

Punters believe Sundowns are in pole position to land the Namibian star, but Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates remain in the running for his signature.

Hotto, though, is not letting the speculation distract him and, and that as far as he is concerned, all the speculation about his future is a media creation.

Last week, Hotto told football magazine Kickoff.com that, “I went to the club to ask if they know anything about these reports. The club doesn’t know anything. My agent says he doesn’t know anything. I don’t know anything. No one has spoken to me.

"I haven't received a call from Irvin Khoza, Patrice Motsepe or even Kaizer Motaung to say they are interested. The only thing I read is in the newspapers."

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