Deon Hotto talks about his stay at Celtic
5/29/2017 9:59:51 PM

Bloemfontein Celtic Media caught up with Deon Hotto to chat about his footballing career, his first season at Bloemfontein Celtic and his analysis of the season ending this weekend.

Celtic Media (CM): Who is Deon Hotto?

Deon Hotto (DH): I was born Deon Hotto-Kavendji in Swakopmund (Namibia) and started my career at SFC Academy for the U/13 and U/17 team. After playing for several teams back home, I found myself playing my trade in South Africa with Golden Arrows and the rest is history.

CM: And what is your favourite position?

DH: It might sound peculiar but the left-back is my preferable position, bringing the best out of me and attacking from the back at startling pace has always been my strength.

CM: Any football moments you might term great?

DH: There are a lot but if I would pick two, it would be winning Cosafa Castle Cup in 2015 which was a milestone for my country and scoring a stunning goal against Nigeria on home soil.

CM: Deon, let’s talk Bloemfontein Celtic now, summarize the season for us

DH: Where do I start? We failed on the mandate of the team and our vision as players. Under both coach Serame and Seema we continued producing scintillating style of play, inventively harassing opponents with alarming speed and creating chances but converting opportunities was our major downfall.

CM: Listening…

DH: Look at the games we have lost or drawn, most of the time the stats will show us leading enormously but still end up donating points. We lost points at crucial moments and that dragged us into the relegation zone.

CM: And fighting relegation?

DH: Being precariously positioned for most part of the season had detrimental repercussions on the psychological well-being of the players. Sometimes you see whacked bodies of individuals trying to be strong but luckily our management team has been supportive, senior players in the team motivating us and eventually bonding to survive.

CM: How prepared are you for the last game of the season?

DH: Strangely enough this week has been probably the best at training after a long time, I saw remarkable team spirt and everyone wants to be part of the first 18. Fatigued, yes, but the level of determination will surpass everything. We are ready to win this one for our supporters.

CM: Tell us more about those supporters

DH: Words cannot be adequate enough to describe them; thinking of how they sing irrespective of the score line just forces us to work with vigour. Hence it is difficult greeting them after losing a game especially at home, how do you do that? We are sorry for the pain we have caused them this season and promise to amend with better displays in the next season.

CM: Thank you Deon and all the best for what is left of the season.

DH: Thank you for the opportunity.

Celtic faces Maritzburg United this Saturday (27 May 2017) in the last game of the season at the Harry Gwala Stadium. Kick off for the match is 15h00.