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Malesela explains Klate signing

Posted: 17 July 2018 Time: 20:30

Aside from his playing abilities, Chippa United coach Dan Malesela says Daine Klate was signed to bring leadership to the team and serve as an ambassador for the club.

Chippa recruited Klate - a six-time PSL champion - this month after Bidvest Wits opted against renewing his contract following a productive three-year spell with the Students.

The move serves as a homecoming of sorts for the Port Elizabeth-born former Orlando Pirates and SuperSport United winger.

Malesela feels the 33-year-old will add great value to the Chilli Boys.

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"The acquisition of Daine was not only the playing part, we need leadership at the club," Malesela says.

"We need ambassadors when we are travelling or whatever. Also, we want to have someone who is originally from the Eastern Cape. So there are a lot of advantages in signing Daine other than the playing part only.

"This is a marketable person and he is someone who can help the club in other aspects of the industry. So we want to use those [qualities] as well."

Malesela adds that Klate's crossing ability will come in use this upcoming campaign.

"I have decided not to cut certain aspects of the game that can help us. Otherwise, we will become one dimensional or predictable.

"So I want us to have diversity in terms of our attack and say we can go to the side and cross. But that cross is not just a cross, but a pass.

"I don't want those telling crosses, I want a pass to somebody for them to score."

Article by: Rofhiwa Lihaiwa

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