Daine Klate

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Daine Klate
Personal information
Full name Daine Marcelle Klate
Date of birth (1985-02-25) 25 February 1985 (age 32)
Place of birth Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Left winger
Club information
Current team
Bidvest Wits
Number 7
Youth career
0000–2000 Glenville Celtic
2000–2002 Transnet School of Excellence
2002–2004 Supersport United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2010 Supersport United 138 (29)
2010–2015 Orlando Pirates 87 (7)
2015– Bidvest Wits F.C. 3 (0)
National team
2005– South Africa 13 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2015.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2013

Daine Klate (born 25 February 1985 in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape) is a South African football (soccer) midfielder for Supersport United and South Africa.

A product of Supersport United's youth academy, left-footed Klate is fast, tricky and has a powerful shot as well. He is probably one of the best free-kick takers in South Africa.

Early life[edit]

Klate hails from Gelvandale, a former coloured township in Port Elizabeth. He started playing football for his primary school in Gelvandale at the age of eight and continued with the sport in high school.

Club career[edit]

Like fellow South African international Elrio Van Heerden, Klate played for Port Elizabeth-based amateur football club Glenville Celtic as a kid. At age 15, he moved to Gauteng to play for the Transnet School of Excellence, an institution that has produced a host of Bafana Bafana stars including Steven Pienaar and Dillon Sheppard. In 2002, he joined the Supersport United Feyenoord youth academy.

Since being promoted to the club's first team as a 19-year-old in 2004, Klate has made the left-wing position at Supersport his own and has made over 100 league appearances for the club. Being one of the key players of United's back-to-back-toback Premiership wins in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

In 2010 he signed with Orlando Pirates.

2010-11 Season:

Since Daine joined Pirates at the beginning of the 2010-11 season, some Pirates supporters believed him to have been the lucky charm that brought trophies aboard. In his first Knockout competition in the Pirates colours,the MTN 8 Cup, Pirates won that trophy via penalty shoot-outs in Durban against Moroka Swallows. It was first domestic trophy for Pirates in years. The last to have been in 2003. Since then Pirates went on to win the treble that season. Picking up the Nedbank Cup (defeating Black Leopards 3-1 at the Mbombela Stadium) and Pirates third Premier Soccer League title. The last league title was in 2003. This was one season where Pirates played all available official games in the season, having lost the Telkom Knockout in the final against Kaizer Chiefs. Pirates also played all the finals that season. This title was the fourth in a row for Daine Klate who had won three consecutively with his former team, Supersport United.

2011-12 Season:

Daine and his teammates continued where they left off and successfully defended the MTN 8 Trophy by beating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 at the FNB Stadium via an Oupa Manyisa long-range effort in extra-time. Pirates won their first ever Telkom Knock-Out Trophy against Wits 3-1 and finished off the season by successfully defending the league title. By this, Pirates won the second successive treble. This league title to have been Daine's fifth in a row. This made Daine Klate the first player ever to win the league title in five consecutive seasons.

Klate joined legends, Andre Arendse and the late Ace Ntsoelengoe, as the only players to lift the league title five times. The all-time record is held by former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey, who has won it six times.[1]

Loan to SuperSport United F.C.

In 2015 Daine Klate completed his return to Matsatsantsa after several meetings between his agent and Dr Irvin Khoza, ending weeks of speculation over his future. SuperSport United officially announced the signing of Daine Klate from Orlando Pirates. The Tshwane outfit broke the news on their official Twitter account. Pirates chairman Irvin Khoza paid tribute to the left-footed player who won two league titles in his first two seasons with the Buccaneers, adding to the three he won with SuperSport United between 2008 and 2010.

"A winner of five league titles - two while with us; Daine is an icon in his own right,” said Dr Khoza. "He was a team player, a true ambassador of the game. With us he also became a double treble winner and a Caf Champions League runner-up," Khoza said.

“He will forever be remembered at Pirates for his contribution. When we induct players in the future, he will be used as a reference point alongside other distinguished gentlemen such as Kaizer Motaung and Jomo Sono – players who represented this club with discipline and dedication.

“We wish him well as he returns to SuperSport (United), a team where his illustrious career began,” Khoza concluded.

Leaving SuperSport United F.C.

Daine Klate was on the verge of signing for SuperSport United on a long-term basis, however it was announced that the talks between the two parties had broken down.

SuperSport United F.C.’s CEO, Stan Matthews, said that Matsatsantsa couldn't justify offering Daine Klate the wage that he was being offered elsewhere.

“We offered him our best deal but couldn't justify matching the offer he was getting from elsewhere. We wish him the best go forward.” said Stan Matthews

The winger ended off his 2014/15 PSL season at SuperSport United, on a six-month loan deal, while also in the last six months of his Orlando Pirates contract.

Wits Chief Executive Officer Jose Ferreira confirmed the deal.

“We are delighted to have on board a player of the calibre of Daine. Both Gavin Hunt and myself have had the pleasure of working with him and his quality, professionalism, and unwavering commitment on the field of play will undoubtedly be an asset to our club.”

Daine Klate admitted that Bidvest Wits offered him a deal he simply couldn’t refuse.

“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.”

“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,” .

“It was difficult to leave SuperSport; coach Gordon Igesund was brilliant so it had nothing to do with playing … it was a decision about my future.”

MTN 8 Triumph:

Daine Klate, already the most successful individual player ever in the PSL, netted two goals and an assist as Wits thumped Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 at Mbombela Stadium in the MTN8 final on 1 October 2016. Klate’s first goal was a first-time shot with his weaker right foot. He then showed great bravery to go in for a header against Denis Onyango as he won the ball for Eleazer Rodgers to slide in the second. And Klate’s second strike was a great finish on the slide to turn home Rodgers’ pass to seal the result.

International career[edit]

He made his national team debut in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal against Panama on 16 July 2005 and has so far been capped ten times scoring one goal.

International Goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 2008-10-01 Germiston, South Africa  Malawi 3–0 3–0 Friendly match



Supersport United F.C.

Orlando Pirates F.C.

Bidvest Wits


Carling black label 2011 & 2012 (Pirates)

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