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Klate Inspired By Mokwena Rise

NB La Masia head coach Daine Klate says he’s excited about his future and has been inspired by the trajectory of Rulani Mokwena.

Klate took charge of the Motsepe Foundation Championship side after a short stint as head coach of Chippa United last season.

He initially cut his teeth in the DStv Diski Challenge with the Chilli Boys where his playing style was backed up with some impressive results.

After five attempts to lure him to the senior team, Klate accepted the challenge despite his earlier suggestions of wanting to continue his pursuit for the UEFA Pro License.

“There’s a lot of growth [since the Chippa stint], the last time I played Sundowns, when I was coaching there, I knew before the game that I’m not going to be there after the game,” Klate said about his progress in the second-tier.

“So that was the learning curve after the seven matches [I oversaw in the PSL], it was a massive learning curve and that’s why I accepted it after five attempts to hire me. I eventually accepted the job down there and I experienced quite a lot in a short space.”

Klate was eventually replaced by Morgan Mammila in the hotseat who went on to see out the season, but has since been replaced by Kwanele Kopo and Thabo September as co-head coaches of the Eastern Cape-based side.

“Yes it’s all about growth which definitely has happened over the last year or two, I think the environment I’m in now, I’m even growing more, when I look at coaches who inspire me like Coach Rulani Mokwena, he’s one that inspires me.

“When I was busy playing, he was busy growing as a coach, so it’s fantastic to see how well he’s doing and how well he’s managing Mamelodi Sundowns Football Club, but we have to look up to him and learn as much as we can.

“But I’m happy with the way I’m going and happy with my growth as a coach. I’m looking forward to being on a different level in the next four or five years.”

The two coaches will meet on Tuesday evening at Dobsonville Stadium at 19h00.

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.