Soweto Derby own goal made me stronger, says Pirates winger Klate

The Pirates winger remains the only player to have scored an own goal in the history of the biggest Soweto Derby in the PSL


By Ernest Makhaya

Orlando Pirates winger Daine Klate has told Goal that he hasn’t been having sleepless nights whenever thinking about playing against Knowledge Musona again.

Musona forced Klate to score an own goal the last time Pirates and Chiefs met in the league with the Zimbabwean in the starting line-up, and the two players are expected to start in the MTN 8 first leg semi-final on Saturday afternoon. 

“The own goal I scored, I think it was two or three seasons ago when Ruud Krol was still the coach, not a fond memory, but after the game I went home, and I thought to myself, (that) moments like that, in a big game like that, can either make or break you,” Klate told Goal.

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Klate says he was fortunate enough to have worked with an understanding coach like Ruud Krol who gave him comfort after that horrible experience.

“I had to decide what it’s going to do and fortunately for me, the coach at the time understood what happened, because sometimes you go into something with your heart more than with your head,” he said.

Musona tormented the Pirates team on the day, and helped Chiefs to a 3-1 win over their arch-rivals, but Klate says he learnt a lot from that own goal and that he is now a better player.

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“I ran back trying to help out in defence not thinking the ball might end up at my feet, because I just wanted to be there and help out.

“So that’s one area that I have matured on and it made me little bit stronger, and maybe think about it more when I run back, that the ball might come to me, so I can be more aware. So, I have learnt a lot from that occasion,” concluded Klate.

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