The Students were too good for their lower league opponents, matching their way to the quarter-finals as star midfielder Klate netted four goals, netting more than a double for the first time in his career.
“Obviously it has been eluding me for the past 11/12 seasons that I have been playing,” the 31-year-old told his club’s official website regarding his first hat-trick. “I was happy to get the hat-trick but more importantly is the fact that I have contributed to the success of the team more than my individual accolades. Hopefully it is the start of many hat-tricks to come.”
The four goals takes Klate to 12 goals for the season, combined with 10 assists in all competitions, making it a season to remember for the former SuperSoort United and Orlando Pirates man.
“Obviously it is a great feeling, after the amount of goals I have been scoring also the assists – that’s a part of my job,” he said. “Before every match the aim is to score and assist, I have been happy to contribute to that regard in the team.
“When you work with a coach like Gavin Hunt he is never pleased, you always have to work hard,” he continued. “That is one thing I think as a coach he gets spot on is that he keeps players grounded. It is a good feeling but there is still a lot to play for in the next few weeks.”
Klate says he does not mind who Wits draw in the next round of the Nedbank Cup, insisting the best need to be beaten in order to win trophies.
“I do not have a preference to who we will face in the next round,” he said. “I think if you want to win any trophy you must be able to beat any team. I don’t mind any team that is placed in the hat and comes out in the draw, we will be ready for them and hopefully we can progress to the semi-finals and go all the way in the Nedbank Cup.
“The most important thing is we have to beat each and every team if we want to win it.”
The draw for the four quarter-final clashes will take place on Thursday.