Daine Klate downplays personal expectations, emphasizes Bafana Bafana team focus
Posted: 9 November 2016 Time: 17:42
Bafana Bafana winger Daine Klate still refuses to talk about his return to the national team after enduring several years being snubbed.
The 31-year-old’s outstanding club form during the last campaign has continued this season, forcing coach Shakes Mashaba to take notice and call him up for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.
The Bidvest Wits playmaker racked up 12 goals and 15 assists as the Clever Boys ended second in the Absa Premiership last season and already has three goals and four assists this term.
Klate is now with the national team in Polokwane as they prepare for a must-win World Cup qualifier against Senegal, and refuses to engage the media on questions about whether he still has a point to prove.
“A lot has already been said about me and I think I’m here for a reason obviously. And to be part of the team and to do duty for the country,” he says.
“It’s not about me and I’m not going to talk about myself and what my expectations are and what I need to prove, it’s definitely not about me. It’s all about us in the camp and all of us are going to do duty on Saturday.
“We have to bring three points and nothing is more important than the cause of the team, so I think in all fairness and out of respect of all my teammates and for the country, I can’t talk about myself when I’m representing the country and when I’m wearing these clothes.
“My job here is to be part of the team and to help the team to get three points on Saturday in whatever capacity. I’m here to be part of the team.”