Klate: Big risks, big rewards
Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates winger Daine Klate admits leaving SuperSport
United three seasons ago was a risky move, but insists he has no
According to the Football411.com website
, Klate had been part of the Matsatsantsa team that won three
successive PSL titles from 2008 to 2010, but made the shock decision to
leave Gavin Hunt's side for the Soweto giants.
However, that move proved to be a shrewd one as the 28-year-old
has since gone on to win back-to-back trebles with the Buccaneers, who
are currently in the hunt for a third straight league crown of their
Those titles successes mean Klate is the only current PSL player
to have won five league titles, and says he is delighted at the way
things have gone for him in Parktown.
"I can't believe it's been three seasons already. First of all,
I'm grateful to Pirates for extending my contract by a further two
years," he told Football411 in an exclusive interview.
"It was a big risk for me leaving SuperSport so it was honestly
difficult for me to leave at the time. They had just won their third
league title in a row and I was Player of the Season. I was playing
regularly, but in the end it was about measuring myself and seeing how
good I am really.
"It is one thing being good for one team, but another thing being
good for Pirates so I think the past three years have been fruitful for
"So from where I'm standing now, this has been a good move for me
and I'm glad my contract with Pirates has been renewed for two more
"I think I have achieved a lot and I have played regularly for
Pirates, which was important for me. I would say I'm looking forward to
the next two years."
Meanwhile, the Bafana Bafana international believes the Soweto
giants are still very much in with a chance to win the league this
season, despite their rivals Kaizer Chiefs being five points ahead.
"I think the league is still there for the taking. My experience
over the past five seasons tells me that there was no team that ran away
with the league, so it comes down to the last five games where you play
with immense pressure," he added.
"We will see who has got the mentality to go all the way. We still have a big chance."