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Klate, who joined Bucs from SuperSport four seasons ago, tells Goal that beating Chiefs last Saturday would have somehow made his teammates complacent ahead of the Al Ahly clash


By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates midfielder Daine Klate has told Goal that getting a point against arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs wouldn’t have been a bad result after all.

Chiefs scored with a controversial goal to steal a point in a Soweto Derby played at the FNB Stadium last weekend, and Klate believes that the players would have been too complacent going into the Al Ahly game had they beaten the reigning PSL champions.  

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“Obviously playing Chiefs and Al Ahly are two different ball games altogether, but I think a draw was a fair result for us,” Klate told Goal. “Maybe if we won we would have gotten ahead of ourselves, and we didn’t want that,” he said.

Pirates welcome Egyptian giants Al Ahly in the final of the Caf Champions League to be played over two legs, and Klate said playing to a 1-1 draw in their previous league game has made them hungrier to win their next game.

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“I think playing to a draw against Chiefs kept our feet firmly on the ground and we are looking forward to the game against Al Ahly now,” added Klate.

At 28, Klate has won every Cup domestically and winning the Caf Champions League medal could be a huge achievement for the Eastern Cape-born winger.

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