We are nervous – Hotto

Orlando Pirates midfielder Deon Hotto, has admitted they are feeling nervous ahead of the Soweto Derby against Kaizer Chiefs, but insisted they “know what to do” during the match.

Pirates’ players have looked like men on a mission in recent games, as they stole the show with massive wins, after walloping Mamelodi Sundowns and Golden Arrows in the MTN8 and DStv Premiership respectively in the last two games.

But coming to this match, many say history does not count, it’s a match where players are expected to brag, every player knows the importance of this meeting.

Hotto, whose Pirates side face Amakhosi in the first derby of the season today, has said this meeting is not about “form” and stands firm that it’s going to be a different match.

“Yeah the nerves, the nerves are high, we are nervy, even if Chiefs are not doing great, it’s a derby, it’s not about form,” Hotto told media.

“It’ll be a total different ball game today. We can’t look at the games they played couple of weeks, they did not get the results they wanted.

“It will be a different Kaizer Chiefs definitely. So, we must not go there thinking they played a draw with AmaZulu, they lost to this no, it’s going to be a different game.”

“You need to keep your toes up because they have many individual players, Kgaogelo (Sekgota), Keagan (Dolly), they have a lot of them, but we know what to do on Saturday.” The match will kick off at 15h30 at the Iconic FNB Stadium, with fans coming back to watch it live for the first time since February 2020, after the interruption of Covid-19.

Phathutshedzo Nange and Deon Hotto challenging each other in the DStv Premiership Soweto derby clash at FNB Stadium on 06, November 2021. Image: Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix/Gallo Image