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Orlando Pirates winger Klate gears up for "moment of truth"

Posted: 20 September 2013 Time: 10:54

Orlando Pirates star Daine Klate says the "moment of truth" is near ahead of Sunday's CAF Champions League showdown with Al Ahly at Orlando Stadium.

Bucs, with seven points, share second spot in Group A with AC Leopards - three points behind leaders Ahly, and three points ahead of bottom-placed Zamalek heading into their final pool match.

The top two sides will advance to the semi-finals of the competition.

"Despite having already qualified, I don’t think Al Ahly will come here to just fulfil the calendar," Klate told his club's official website.

"Remember that we ‘killed’ them (3-0 win) in Egypt and now they know the pressure is on us to also qualify. So they might just want to settle the score here. That is why I say it is going to be very interesting.

"This is the moment of truth - none can hide from it. 

"We will be prepared. We play well under pressure and the fact that we are playing this last match at home, gives us hope."

The five-time Premier Soccer League winner believes his teammates have the experience to get the result.

"If you look at our team, there is none that lacks real experience in this competition," Klate said.

"Lennox (Bacela) joined us a few months back but he fits in really well and has helped us in the little success we have had so far.

"For me, there is a great balance in the team in terms of international experience.

"Myself and the guys are only thinking of one thing and that is a victory on Sunday. We have to beat them and I think if we apply ourselves correctly, nothing is stopping us," concluded Klate, who sat out Pirates' 1-0 victory over Polokwane City in the Premiership on Wednesday.

In the latest team news, central midfielder Andile Jali has been ruled out with a shoulder injury, with Lehlogonolo Masalesa therefore likely to partner Oupa Manyisa in the engine room on the weekend.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2013-09-20 08:58:12

They say Shabba's rightleg is useless,i say Klaite's footballing brains are useless,they only switch on when there is a setpiece.

Kickoff BloggerLePirates
posted: 2013-09-20 09:02:46

Will be on fire come Sunday has Al Ahly arrived yet ?

The Phefeni Boy®™
posted: 2013-09-20 09:05:50

"Moment of truth"....LOL

Friends of Al Ahly

Roger is going down

posted: 2013-09-20 09:08:54

Its do or die its Now or never

baatweng motshwarakgole
posted: 2013-09-20 09:09:58

im always behind you guyz,shapa mabhakabhaka

posted: 2013-09-20 09:10:29

no need to panic mabhakajuju we will beat AL KAIZER  fair n square.

posted: 2013-09-20 09:10:53

And how many medals and league titles does he have compared to Shabba. I guess they had you in mind when they come up with the saying "empty vessels make the most noise"

posted: 2013-09-20 09:11:22

Mxm this Granny look alike will be nowhere to be found on sunday.

posted: 2013-09-20 09:11:28

"The five-time Premier Soccer League winner believes his teammates have the experience to get the result"

Fact it this boy has achieved and experienced more that all the zebra squad including their Couch

Nestee GodFada Nespray (Beauty and the Beast-YEYE)
posted: 2013-09-20 09:12:46

Khune knows the free-kick better than he knows Matatazela

Caf Champ Marapo
posted: 2013-09-20 09:13:22

  can you tell me the nick name of this player plizzz.


Nestee GodFada Nespray (Beauty and the Beast-YEYE)
posted: 2013-09-20 09:14:09

Daine "Derby FreeKick Matatazela" Klate...aka, Minnie Disaster

posted: 2013-09-20 09:14:19

Neoza"The five-time Premier Soccer League winner believes his teammates have the experience to get the result"

Fact it this boy has achieved and experienced more that all your zebra squad including your CV Couch

baatweng motshwarakgole
posted: 2013-09-20 09:14:54

we are going to cut Al Ahly into small pieces

Nestee GodFada Nespray (Beauty and the Beast-YEYE)
posted: 2013-09-20 09:15:00

Caf Champ Marapo, he have more ligue titles than Kaizer Chiefs FC

Caf Champ Marapo
posted: 2013-09-20 09:15:23

We are behind you guys and we believe in you. Just go out there and enjoy yourself on the filed and everything will just come naturally.

Nestee GodFada Nespray (Beauty and the Beast-YEYE)
posted: 2013-09-20 09:18:14

In the middle we are fine...we just lack depth upfront. Now our only hope remains Knorrox Let them Talk Asikhulume  Khipha ulimu Brace-cela.

we need Mbesu Mbesu replacement going into the semi-finals and the finals.

history have shown we cant trust Mabeda. Juju man is no longer pacey

Caf Champ Marapo
posted: 2013-09-20 09:24:45

Nestee GodFada Nespray My man just wait and see what this man on picture is going to do. We also have Re a Vaya, Buggatti Segolela.

My main worin going to this game is not individual players but the mentality. Our technical team need to work hard on this aspect. What happens when we score early? Do we now sit back or keep on attacking? What about if we fail to score or they score first?

This is where i think we will miss uMhlekazi. That boi has strong consistent metal heart. Even in Congo we missed him.

posted: 2013-09-20 09:29:34

Bucs all the way. Jali's absence will be dearly missed

K bhaka
posted: 2013-09-20 09:29:51

Neoza you are a discouragement bro,you know nothing about soccer,go ask people who play with and against him they will tell you,foolish people like you must just keep their cowments to themselves cos we really dont care about you,am just pointing out facts here.

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