local soccer 5.9.2013 06:30 am

Klate relishes pressure cooker

RUBBERMAN. Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet during a training session in Durban this week ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Botswana on Saturday. Picture: Backpagepix

RUBBERMAN. Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Darren Keet during a training session in Durban this week ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Botswana on Saturday. Picture: Backpagepix

It has been a busy couple of months for Daine Klate.

In Orlando Pirates’ colours, he has come up against, and beaten, Egyptian giants Al-Ahly and Zamalek in the Caf Champions League, and faced the Bucs’ arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs where his freekick separated the two teams.

He brings experience, and freekick striking abilities traits that coach Gordon Igesund has stressed as something Bafana Bafana need to improve on to the national squad for their must-win match against Botswana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.

A win for the side, as well as a draw or defeat by Ethiopia at the hands of the Central African Republic, will see Bafana Bafana march through to the 2014 World Cup qualifying play-offs. “As a footballer, you want to play under that type of pressure,” Klate said.

“We relish must-win situations. You want to go into a game wanting to win. “You can’t just go into a match just playing it as just another game. “The experience has taught us a lot; to be determined and push harder.

“Our experience will come in handy against Botswana who probably haven’t been in this situation as much as our players have.” The Zebras also have a chance of reaching the play-offs as a win with two or more goals will push them to the top, should Ethiopia lose. “They are a good outfit,” Klate said.

“Any neighbours that South Africa come up against in the Cosafa region tend to up their game. “It’s a chance for some of the players to get into the PSL. “That’s in the back of some minds.

“We are focused on the three points. We could have come into this game with no hope, but now there is hope for us.”

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