The speedy winger can hardly believe that he has achieved an incredible milestone with his fifth consecutive league title victoryOrlando Pirates winger Daine Klate says he is 'overwhelmed' after making history yesterday, becoming the first player to win the Premier Soccer League (PSL) five times in a row.
Klate has now equalled the record held by legends Andre Arendse, David Kannemeyer and the late Ace Ntsoelengoe, but he is the first to win the League five times consecutively, after three titles with SuperSport United, and two with Pirates.
Speaking after his side defeated Golden Arrows to win the title on Saturday, Klate was pleased with his achievement, but was already eyeing a Caf Champions League medal.
"It's overwhelming at the moment – I can't control my emotions. The guys came to me and asked me why I don't really look happy and I said, I don't know how to feel!
"Because if you have asked me five years ago if I will have five titles I would have told you it's a big lie," Klate said to reporters.
"So I need to suck it up and get back home to my family and take stock of what happened. But I'm just delighted that the team came through today, my personal accolades I will look at a later stage. What's more important now is us winning the treble back to back," he added.
With Pirates 10 points behind leaders SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns respectively this season, Klate said they never lost the faith, and that their experience of winning last year helped them this time around.
"If you look at December break, we were 10 points behind the leaders. But we knew from the previous season's experience that we could still come back.
"So we just have to take it one game at the time. Obviously the change of coach, Augusto Palacios, didn't start very well, we lost away to Santos 3-0, but we have not lost ever since then, which is a good thing for us.
"But I think the team spirit has been fantastic this season, we came back, we scored late goals and that's what makes champions," Klate added.
With Pirates' terrible run in the Champions Leuage this season, where they were knocked out in the first round, Klate said success in Africa is paramount.
"Doing well in the Champions League is on top of our list. We were disappointed to be knocked out in the first round. But obviously we have another chance to rectify our mistakes and we have learned from the previous time we were there.
"So hopefully next season we can come back and do well in the Champion's League and represent the country," he said.