Klate: I’m not home for my own glory

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Klate joined The Chilli Boys on a free transfer following Bidvest Wits’ decision not to renew his contract after three fruitful years at the club.

The 33-year-old has since penned a three-year deal and is delighted to be back amongst his family and old friends where he was raised, after spending nearly two decades between Johannesburg and Tshwane.

“It’s obviously a good feeling. I think I’ve been away from PE for 19 years – I left home when I was 14-years-old, so it’s good to be back after so many years in Gauteng,” Klate said.

“I’ve obviously got a lot of family and friends here, and it’s good to be home with them. Hopefully I can make a difference for Chippa United and add value on and off the field.

“I’ve always been a team player wherever I’ve been, and there’s obviously an expectation that I will come in and add value as best as I can for the success of the team.

“I’m not here for my own personal glory. Yes, I am from here, but I’m here to add value to the team wherever I can, with all my experience that I’ve gained over the years.

“The coach [Dan Malesela] believes in me as well, and obviously having been with him before at the School of Excellence back when I was 16-17, he knows me well and that helped the cause too.

“So, again, I’m just here to add value wherever I can and to try and help the club achieve its goals.”

The six-time Absa Premiership champions insists it was not a planned move but rather an unexpected opportunity that he jumped at and, given his close ties to the city, he felt he could play a more active role in inspiring the communities in which he was raised.

“I think everything happens the way it should. I never planned five or six years ago to end my career back home, but when the opportunity arose recently I considered it and I obviously took it with both hands,” he added

“It wasn’t predetermined, but when the possibility came up it was a nice thing. It’s something that’s close to my heart because I’m from here so my aim is also to inspire kids from where I’m from.

“You know, I’m from Gelvandale – a place that’s heavily caught up in gangsterism at the moment, so I obviously want to try and inspire and hopefully change the lives of a few people here by working closely with those that I grew up with to see how we can help.”