Orlando Pirates will face Maritzburg United in the Nedbank Cup semi-final on Saturday, and Klate sees this as a chance for them to get back to continental footballEXCLUSIVE
By Ernest Makhaya
Orlando Pirates midfielder Daine Klate has told Goal that they are eager to return to continental football next year, and sees the Nedbank Cup as the perfect chances for them to achieve that.
Pirates reached the final of the Caf Champions League last year, and although Klate admitted they would have preferred to win the Champions League than the Confederation Cup, he feels it's important that they do their best in the Confed Cup should they win the Nedbank Cup.
"Sometimes you'd hear the guys talking about the trips we had in Africa," Klate told Goal. "Everybody enjoyed it and we've been talking about how much we miss it now. So, we would love to go back to Africa.
"Obviously the Caf Champions League was the first prize for us, but I think if we can win the Nedbank Cup then we can get into the Confederation Cup and that will be a good stepping stone to try and get into the Champions League and prepare for the Champions League. So, It's a tournament that we as players will definitely want to compete in," he said.
The 29-year-old former SuperSport United winger believes that competing against the best in Africa is good for the country as well as the players and he has challenged his teammates to not take this Caf competitions for granted.
"We want to go back to Africa and take it seriously again like we did with the Champions League and I think it's good for the country and us as players to not only compete against the best in South Africa, but the best in Africa," added Klate.