Deon Hotto targets Bafana Bafana's scalp as historic AFCON Knockout phase beckons

Deon Hotto targets Bafana Bafana's scalp as historic AFCON Knockout phase beckons

A few days ago, he was the architect of Namibia’s first-ever win at the African Cup of Nations (AFCON), now Orlando Pirates multifunctional player Deon Hotto makes it known that they are gunning for Bafana Bafana.

Speaking to SABC Sport just after their training session in Korhogo on Thursday, Hotto who scored the only goal when Namibia secured their famous and only victory at the AFCON, during the one-nil win over Tunisia, says the focus is now doing the same against the neighbours South Africa. 

The two teams clash at the Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on Sunday.

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"Ya, ya, just as you said it's a derby but for us, we don't need a lot of motivation, all we need to do is just try to rectify our mistakes that we made against Tunisia and all the chances we had against them and try to bury them in the next game which is against South Africa," Hotto said.

Hotto has four of his teammates at Orlando Pirates in the Bafana Bafana squad and so does captain Peter Shalulile, his teammates at Mamelodi Sundowns are the most dominant (10) in the team. 

This is what the former Bidvest Wits and Bloemfontein Celtic player feels will make this game more interesting.

"To be honest it's not gonna be easy even if we know each other, it's gonna be a different ball game but we are ready for the game. It was easy [beating Tunisia], it's just that we worked as a team, for us to get the result we got against Tunisia and against South Africa it's gonna be a different ball game," Hotto added.

Hotto (33) has been playing in South African football for the past 10 years, as Sunday’s game approaches against Bafana, his experience of playing for Celtic, Golden Arrows, Wits, and Pirates will be useful. He’s also fully aware that Bafana knows him better than Tunisia.

"Ya, the special one is for us to get the three points on Sunday, for us to be in the round of 16, that will be special for us as players and as a country. We don't fear anyone, we are just ready."