Kick Off - - FACE TO FACE -

Daine Klate has a medal col­lec­tion that many play­ers can only dream of, mak­ing it dif­fi­cult to pick the one he ap­pre­ci­ates the most. But if put on the spot, the ex­pe­ri­enced winger does not hes­i­tate to say that his first Absa Premier­ship ti­tle with Su­per­Sport United back in the 2007/08 cam­paign is his best. Klate played a key role for Mat­sat­santsa that sea­son and has since gone on to win a to­tal of six league ti­tles with the clubs he has played for. No other player has won as many PSL league ti­tles than Klate. “Maybe one day when I re­tire I will be able to choose one, but to be hon­est with you, your first league ti­tle is ob­vi­ously go­ing to be the best and clos­est to you be­cause it’s never hap­pened to you be­fore,” the 33-yearold, who has won ti­tles with ev­ery club he has played for, ad­mits. When it comes to knock­out com­pe­ti­tions, Klate says the Absa Cup [now Ned­bank Cup] is the one he holds clos­est to his heart. Su­per­Sport beat Bid­vest Wits, who was rel­e­gated that sea­son, 1-0 in 2005 thanks to a goal scored by lanky striker Lungisani Ndlela. Klate was 20 at the time and had es­tab­lished him­self as a reg­u­lar in coach Pitso Mosi­mane’s side. “Win­ning the Absa Cup with Su­per­Sport and play­ing a part in that was great. That was my first medal where I ac­tu­ally con­trib­uted, so those firsts are al­ways spe­cial,” he says. Now that he is in the colours of Chippa, Klate will be hop­ing he can in­spire the Chilli Boys to their first ever tro­phy in top-flight foot­ball. They cer­tainly have a squad ca­pa­ble of suc­cess, with ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers such as Mark Mayam­bela, Jab­u­lani Shongwe, Thabo Nthethe, Daniel Akpeyi and Kurt Len­tjies.

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