Daine Klate is one of the nation’s most decorated footballers, having won 15 PSL trophies.
During his pinnacle, he was nicknamed “Four leaf clover” as he won a prize or two any place he went. He has trophies from SuperSport United, Bidvest Wits, and Orlando Pirates. As he got closer to retirement and joined Chippa United, the “Lucky Charm” vanished.
A noteworthy accomplishment that Klate accomplished in his profession is that he brought home the association championship multiple times with three unique clubs, which addresses his moniker.
Under Gavin Hunt, who inherited a winning machine that Pitso Mosimane had constructed prior to his departure for national duty, he won the league title with SuperSport in the 2007/08 season. This marked the beginning of his winning streak. A “three-peat” would occur if the team won two more titles in the 2008/09 and 2009/10 seasons, respectively.
“Coach Gavin came from Swallows, and coach Pitso joined Bafana. It was a little bit of a transition for the club. Frankly, the initial five games turned out poorly when mentor Gavin showed up,” said Klate.
At SuperSport, there was a certain way of doing things under coach Pitso’s direction; however, under coach Gavin, there was a different philosophy and mindset.
“We fixed those issues, we adhered to what we were taught, and we performed well for three consecutive years. Saying that there is one way to do it, but there is also another way to do it, and maybe this way can bring success was a shift in mindset, and it did. It was tied in with tolerating change in that first season under mentor Gavin Chase, and afterward three in succession… we became relentless,” he said.
Subsequent to arriving at the roof at SuperSport, Klate joined Soweto goliaths Privateers. On his appearance in 2010, the group were going through a seven-season dry spell without winning the association.
During their double-treble era, he was able to play a crucial role in winning two league titles.
“That was the next best thing for me, if not Europe, to play for the Pirates. I had always wanted to do that. As a result, I made the most of the opportunity that came my way. Klate stated, “I went there with a passion and a desire.”
“To put things into perspective, when you attended the club awards at one point, there was the PSL trophy, MTN8, Telkom Knockout, and Nedbank Cup. This gave you the impression that Pirates has won all of the trophies that are available, and even more importantly, we have done so twice.
He stated, “I never imagined it could have happened, but I think when you play with guys like Benni McCarthy, Siyabonga Sangweni, Oupa Manyisa, Thulasizwe Mbuyane, and Rooi Mahamutsa and see their mindset, we were playing for the team and faithful.” He added, “I never imagined it could have happened.”
Subsequent to overcoming the homegrown scene, that renowned Privateers group set off to guarantee the club’s second CAF Champions Association title. In 2013, they came close, but Al Ahly of Egypt defeated them in the championship game. Klate is left with a bitter taste in his mouth as a result of the team’s failure to win the Champions League.
The former Bafana Bafana player stated, “I think everything happens for a reason, but if there is anything I want to change, is that result.”
However, sometimes it’s all about the journey. I wouldn’t change the experience of traveling to Africa, spending three to four days in another country, bonding with others, and playing your favorite sport. However, I would love to alter the final outcome,” he stated.
At Wits, Klate had his last dance. He rejoined Chase at the college side as he was assembling the band. Elias Pelembe, Bongani Khumalo, and Siboniso Gaxa, with whom he had previously played at SuperSport, joined him there. In the 2016–17 season, Wits would break the big three’s retention cycle by winning the league title.
“I’m an individual who takes notes, while I was with Privateers I could see Brains contending in the main three reliably, they continued to miss the mark regarding the association title. Given my relationship with coach Gavin and the opportunity to join, I believed I could seize it and make a difference. He stated, “I won three trophies while I was at Wits for three years.”