Hotto a water baby when not scor­ing

Bid­vest Wits striker chas­ing his first tro­phy in the PSL

Sunday World - - Sport - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Namib­ian foot­ball star Deon Hotto re­jects the stereo­type that black peo­ple can’t swim.

Hotto does not be­lieve in the no­tion that Africans are averse to water since he con­sid­ers him­self a good swim­mer.

“I like to swim a lot. I am from a coastal town so we grew up swim­ming. When we were young we would al­ways go to the beach to swim since I was about 13,” Hotto said. “In my spare time I like to swim. I can do back­stroke, but­ter­fly, breast­stroke ... you name it.”

The 27-year-old owes his aquatic prow­ess to his up­bring­ing back in Namibia at a coastal town called Swakop­mund.

“I was born is Swakop­mund. I would com­pare it to Dur­ban here in SA. It’s a busy town with many tourists,” he said.

The Bid­vest Wits at­tacker also spoke about the Ger­man in­flu­ence in the town. Namibia still has a lot of Ger­man in­flu­ence due to colo­nial his­tory dat­ing back to the 1800s.

Namibia is also where the first geno­cide of the 20th cen­tury took place, when the racist Ger­man gov­ern­ment spon­sored the killing of up to 100,000 Herero and Nama.

“Yes, we all know about the geno­cide, but I would say the peo­ple are liv­ing in peace with the Ger­mans now de­spite the hor­rific his­tory,” he said.

“That is why most of us speak Ger­man. I also speak Afrikaans and of course my mother tongue Herero.”

The for­mer Bloem­fontein Celtic ace en­joys spend­ing time with his fi­ancée and son, with whom he stays with in Jo­han­nes­burg.

Hotto is chas­ing his first ti­tle in SA foot­ball. He is hop­ing to win the Absa Pre­mier­ship with the univer­sity club and re­turn home to in­spire the youth.

“I want to win the league and take it (tro­phy) back home. I want to host a tour­na­ment in my home­town and maybe take some of my team­mates and take the tro­phy there.”

I want to win the league and take it (tro­phy) back home. I want to host a tour­ney in my home­town and maybe take ... the tro­phy there

Bid­vest Wits at­tacker Deon Hotto en­joys spend­ing time with his fi­ancée and son.

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