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Former Orlando Pirates midfielder Daine Klate officially retires from professional football

10:59 EAT 02/07/2019
Daine Klate, Chippa United, July 2018
Following a glittering career, the 34-year-old has announced his retirement from professional football

Former Orlando Pirates winger Daine Klate has announced his retirement from professional football with immediate effect.

The Port Elizabeth-born midfielder has played for over 15 seasons in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) and has won every trophy on offer in the top flight.

Klate is one of the longest-serving players in the PSL era having launched his professional career after being promoted from the SuperSport United youth development squad back in 2004 having joined from the Transnet School of Excellence.

He helped Amatsantsa A Pitori lift three PSL titles with coach Gavin Hunt but was also instrumental in lifting the Absa Cup in 2005 (Nedbank Cup) as well as the SAA Supa 8 (MTN8 Cup) in 2004.

However, he left in July 2010 to join the Buccaneers where he also tasted glory by lifting two league trophies, MTN8, the Nedbank Cup twice and the Telkom Knockout Cup.

After leaving the Soweto giants, Klate rejoined SuperSport on loan in 2015 but would eventually make a permanent move to Bidvest Wits to reunite with Hunt in July 2015.

Despite failing to convince the national team selectors, the winger continued to mesmerize the PSL with his silky skills, professionalism, and superb free kicks.

In addition, he led the Clever Boys to their first PSL trophy in almost 100 years whilst also winning the MTN8 during his two-and-a-half year stay in Braamfontein.

With reports suggesting that he was close to retirement, he decided to join his home club Chippa United in July last year, but could not command a regular spot at the Chilli Boys.

Looking at his overall career statistics, Klate has 345 top flight matches under his belt, 57 goals and 77 assists.

Klate and Mamelodi Sundowns captain Hlompho Kekana have won a record six PSL titles each. 

However, Klate has 13 appearances for Bafana Bafana with a single goal and joins the likes of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Teko Modise, who retired at the end of the 2018/19 season.