Former African Stars midfield player, Deon Hotto said he is confident of a move to Finland barley six months after joining South Africa’s side Golden Arrows this year in January.
Speaking to The Villager Sport the diminutive player said, “I have signed a contract with Arrows for one season and a half which ends next year. I am still waiting the responses from my former coach Mark Harrison who had been texting me if I was interested in playing in Finland. I am confident that I will play there very soon and not later”.
Hotto added that “ I do not know which club I will be joining but it all depends on Harrison who still has to give me feedback regarding the whole process”.
Hotto made his Arrows debut against Sundowns in February in a 2-0 defeat but said his best match in Arrows colours was against University of Pretoria (AmaTuks) in the March.
“ I made my debut again Sundowns in which I played a full game and my greatest game in the league was against Amatuks because I had a brilliant game,” said Hotto.
Arrows were relegated to the Nation First Division (NFD) at the end of last campaign and Hotto said it will be difficult for his side to make a quick return to the ABSA premiership.
“ That league (NDF) is very difficult and some players will leave the team for top clubs. They just need to forget about what happened last season and try to bounce back to the top flight,” said Hotto.
Arrows have already lost two of their best assets, Siyanda Zwane and Bonginkosi Ntuli to Absa premiership champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, while Rudolf Bester’s loan at the club ended.
Hotto also paid tribute to his coach, Shaun Bartlett whom he rates high saying he is one of the best coaches he had ever worked with in his football career.
“ I worked with many coaches such as Gerald Guther (formally coach of Swakopmund Football Club, Eleven Arrows and Blue Boys) I worked with him since a junior and he is a great coach. Bartlett is very good tactically and we always make jokes during lunch time as he always mask fun of our national team when we beat Bafana Bafana twice in Windhoek. He is open with all the players,” he said.
Hotto also said he enjoyed playing alongside Zambia’s skipper Christopher Katongo.
“Katongo is a big professional player who always advice positively. He always advices me to put my head up and work hard as I have the talent to become a great player,” said Hotto.