Daine Klate recalls costly mistake in Soweto Derby

Daine Klate of Bidvest Wits (Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix)

Daine Klate of Bidvest Wits (Aubrey Kgakatsi/BackpagePix)

Bidvest Wits midfielder recalls scoring an own goal for Kaizer Chiefs while playing for Orlando Pirates.

Klate played for Pirates between 2010 and 2015 before making his move to the Clever Boys.

“Obviously, it was not a good feeling to score an own-goal in front of so many people, in a big game such as the derby,” Klate told Goal.

“It was my low as far as the game is concerned because I had never scored an own-goal. I can say I was disappointed because we went on to lose the game 3-1,” he added.

“Our coach was [Ruud] Krol at the time and he always told us to think with our minds during the game and not allow our hearts to do the talking.

“I was trying to help in defence, I tracked back only to find out the ball hit me and went in, that was a perfect example of playing with your mind and not your heart.

“I think if I was calm and thought the ball would hit me and went in, we would be talking a different story right now,” he stated.

“It was not easy for me and the team after netting an own-goal, and we were 3-0 down – it was a bad start for us,” continued  the man with 13 Bafana caps.

“But my teammates ensured all that was behind us and a few weeks later things improved and I managed to pick myself up. Credit goes to my teammates who helped me to pout the incident behind me.

“I can remember in the other derby that I defended, cleared the ball on the line and scored another goal. It was great feeling for me and for the team. To score and defend in the MTN8 and save the other goal was a great comeback and for me I can say it is 2-1, [a goal and a save and own goal],” concluded Klate.

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