Celtic may awaken the beast in Hotto

Wits man has not scored in 8 games

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Sihle Nde­bele

Hav­ing en­joyed a dream start to his Bid­vest Wits life by scor­ing in his first two matches, left-winger Deon Hotto has since been strug­gling to add to his goal tally.

How­ever, Hotto is op­ti­mistic he’ll re­turn to scor­ing ways when Wits host his for­mer club Bloem­fontein Celtic at Bid­vest Sta­dium to­mor­row (8.15pm). The Namib­ian in­ter­na­tional has gone eight league matches with­out a goal.

“Celtic are my for­mer team. I am look­ing for­ward to score against them and col­lect three points. Lately, I have not been start­ing. I know scor­ing goals is the only way to ce­ment my place in the start­ing line-up,” Hotto told Sowe­tan yes­ter­day.

“The league is very tight, ev­ery­one is win­ning, so we can­not af­ford to drop points, es­pe­cially at home. I pre­dict an ex­cit­ing game of foot­ball.”

Phunya Sele Sele have con­stantly been sub­jected to off-field is­sues this sea­son. In their last match against Baroka at the Dr Molemela Sta­dium a fort­night ago, fans pick­eted chal­leng­ing the im­pend­ing sale of the club.

Hotto has, how­ever, warned his Clever Boys team­mates not to read much into Celtic’s trou­bles.

“What is hap­pen­ing off the field may mo­ti­vate Celtic play­ers. I was speak­ing to Ron­ald Pfumbidzai (Celtic left-back), and he said they are look­ing for­ward to the match.”

Hotto, 28, fancies Wits’ chances this sea­son. The well-travelled at­tacker thinks their big­gest strength is their de­fence.

The stu­dents have con­ceded only four goals in 10 league matches, which is bet­ter than any team so far.

“Of course… we be­lieve that we have enough depth to clinch the league. Our big­gest weapon is our de­fence. We have con­ceded the least num­ber of goals. We are com­pact at the back,” said Hotto.

/MUZI NTOMBELA / BACKPAGEPIX

Deon Hotto of Wits.

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