Klate: It is more about heart and passion when playing for Bafana

Klate told the reporters gathered at the Athlone Stadium on Tuesday, that Bafana players can absorb the pressure that comes with wearing the national team jersey
Orlando Pirates and Bafana midfielder Daine Klate has admitted on Tuesday that the players don’t really have an idea of what they will be up against on Saturday night, as they take on the Central African Republic in their third World Cup qualifier match.

Klate though, believes that the players will be given the opportunity to watch the video clips of their opponents in action.    

“As the week goes by, the technical team will get us all together to look at them (the videos). The videos help a little bit, it gives you an idea of who you are playing against,” said Klate at the official press conference in Cape Town.

However, the Pirates winger doesn’t believe that Bafana can only beat the Central African Republic by just watching their videos, but he thinks the players should be more passionate about playing for their country.  

“When you play for your national team, it is more about heart and passion. When you add to what you have seen in the videos, then you get a complete package,” he said.

Klate has also admitted that all Bafana players are under pressure to deliver come Saturday, but he believes that the selected crop of players have the ability to absorb the pressure.

“That is international football, especially with World Cup qualifiers. The pressure is always going to be there, but it is a good type of pressure and our squad can handle that pressure,” added Klate.

The former SuperSport United man returns to the Bafana fold after years of absence and could make his long awaited return to Gordon Igesund’s starting line-up, should Siphiwe Tshabalala not be fully fit before kickoff on Saturday.

Tshabalala didn’t take part in Bafana’s two training sessions on Tuesday, because of an  injury. However, he went for a scan to determine the impact of the injury and according to Bafana Pro Matlhomola Morake, the results of the scan are expected this morning (Wednesday) before the decision can be made.