Zinnbauer banking on “flexible” Hotto


Namibia international Deon Hotto didn’t exactly have the best day at the office in Orlando Pirates’ 1-1 draw against Stellenbosch on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.

But German coach Josef Zinnbauer has backed the under-fire winger to come good.

Hotto, who turns 30 today was taken off at half time by Zinnbauer after the former Bidvest Wits man failed to make an impact with his below-par performance met with heavy criticism on social media.

“Hotto can play, we know him from [Bidvest] Wits, he can play as a left-winger, as a full-back or even as a striker. He can play many positions,” said Zinnbauer.

“We need more forward passes [from him] and he had another bad game [versus Stellies]. We have to change our performance, it is not what we want to see. Hotto is a flexible player.

“He has good skills but [on Wednesday evening] it was not his day and we will find a good position for him and he is a flexible player, that is important for me,” added the German coach, who was left with more headaches than thrills heading into the Soweto derby on Saturday.

The Buccaneers are yet to win in the 2020/21 DStv Premiership as they were held a draw against AmaZulu and Stellies in their first two matches.

However, Zinnabuer is of the opinion that the Soweto derby MTN8 semifinal first leg encounter against Kaizer Chiefs comes at the right time for his men.

“A derby is always a special game. We know Chiefs have a strong team and good quality in the squad. They have a top coach [Gavin Hunt], he has a lot of experience in winning titles in the country,” concluded Zinnbauer.

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By FARPost Reporter 

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