Cape Town - Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Daine Klate has revealed his reasons for joining the Clever Boys which include a personal touch shown by Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt.
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According to KickOff, the 30-year-old midfielder admitted that he went with the better offer when it came to choosing between SuperSport United and Wits.
“I was not happy with SuperSport United’s offer and Wits offered me a much, much better deal. I enjoyed my stay at SuperSport United, so it was basically about the two offers,” said Klate.
Sport24 earlier reported that Orlando Pirates administrative manager Floyd Mbele reavealed that Klate was released and not loaned to SuperSport United. Initial reports suggested Klate had merely joined Matsatsantsa on loan in January and the club decided not to make the deal permanent, leading to the belief he would return to Orlando Pirates.
Through this period Klate admits that his relationship with Hunt was still intact having played under the coach during the 50-year-olds stint as Matsatsansta mentor.
“I spoke to coach Gavin Hunt quite often and he checked up on me, so that makes a person feel so wanted.
‘Wits is also pretty similar to SuperSport United; the way the club is run, the structures and everything.”
Klate made 138 appearances for SuperSport United, from 2004 to 2010, before joining the Sea Robbers at the start of the 2010/11 season.
Klate made his Bafana Bafana debut in 2005 and has 10 caps to his name.