Hotto opens up over Lorch ‘beef’

Deon Hotto in action for Namibia against Tunisia. File photo

In January 2024, Lorch made a surprising transfer from Pirates to Mamelodi Sundowns, a move that caught many Buccaneers fans off guard.

However, recent revelations have shed light on the behind-the-scenes events that took place leading up to Lorch’s departure.


“The incident between Lorch and Hotto, I could say it really affected the team I will explain it as I witnessed it,” Mako said on Pirates’ show “Change Room.”

“Some people didn’t get along with Hotto, I won’t name anyone. And we are supposed to be a team. When we’re on the field, they don’t pass to each other, they harshly tackle one another.

“It was a major issue that affected the team. They didn’t greet each other. In my point of view the guy number three (Lorch) because maybe he was always getting injured and Hotto was scoring.

“I could say it’s jealousy in my view the way I saw it because there were others who got involved. And some of them are still on the team but I won’t mention exactly who did and said what. But it was very deep,” he concluded.


Hotto also disclosed that some of his teammates were unhappy with his constant selection for matches, which may have contributed to the conflict within the club, “The coach was playing me in different positions and for me, I wasn’t selecting myself to be in the team.

“If the coach asks me to play as a centre-back, I will ask him, why am I playing as a centre-back today coach is there a problem? Then he will say no (Tapelo) Xoki is not feeling well today, so we need you there. Then I said all right I will try my level best I will play,” Hotto explained.

“So, the conflict came there when the coach was playing me as a striker, right-wing, left-back and left-wing. So, I heard among the guys that the guys are complaining, about why Hotto is not getting substituted.

“Why Hotto is playing all the games? Everything actually when I came was going my way. I was scoring, assisting I was doing everything. So, most of the stuff started there,” he concluded.


By the time Lorch departed from the Sea Robbers, the issue remained unresolved.

It is yet to be seen whether the two players will reconcile now that they are at different clubs or if their conflict will persist. –

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