Winning R8 million should set Pirates up for more success

2010-10-04 00:00

AFTER breaking a seven-year trophy drought with Saturday night’s 4-2 penalties victory over Moroka Swallows in the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Orlando Pirates should be hungry for more silverware this season, says midfielder Daine Klate.

Ex-SuperSport United left midfielder Klate is one of the big-name signings that have been such a large part of the Buccaneers finally ending their barren spell.

Having tasted plenty of trophy success at his previous club — two cups and three league titles, to be exact – Klate is encouraging his new team-mates to not be satisfied with just the one cup this season.

Winning the R8 million, winner-take-all MTN8 can help set Bucs up for even more success, the midfielder said after the final.

“It [winning a trophy] takes off pressure, and from the fans as well,” Klate said. “It’s been seven years since Pirates won a trophy and it’s a good omen. We can take the positives from this and maybe it’ll rub off onto the league and also to the other cups.

“We’ll take it one game at a time but obviously our focus is the bread and butter, which is the league.”

Klate dedicated Saturday night’s trophy success to the fans of the Buccaneers.

“The supporters deserve it more than the players. This badge of Pirates is more important than the players.”

Pirates have been strengthened by signings of players such as Klate and Mark Mayambela, while Tlou Segolela has returned from being on loan at Celtic. After a slow start to the season, the Buccaneers have a trophy under the belt.

“I think with the new signings, everybody’s gelling now and it’s important for us to play as a team more than individuals,” Klate said.

“That’s what we’ve been doing in the MTN8, and that’s how we won the cup.”

On Klate’s arrival, his Pirates team-mates were enthusiastic about a winning mentality the midfielder could import from his successes gained with SuperSport. By Saturday night’s evidence it seems to be rubbing off well.

“I’ve been close to [Pirates captain] Lucky [Lekgwathi] and I’ve been speaking to him a lot,” Klate said. “It’s all about the winning mentality and about the team, and if we can put our individualism aside and play as a team.

“I tell the guys before each game when we’re in the circle that it’s all about team effort. Every team that plays Pirates is going to put effort, so if we put the same amount of effort as they do, with our talent we have we’ll come out tops.”

The midfielder said a first trophy at Bucs after just five months with the team has proved wrong detractors who said it was a poor career move from three-time league champions SuperSport.

“I think everybody wants to go to places where it is nice. Look at the perfect example, Cristiano Ronaldo.

“People were asking why he was leaving Man United when he had won the Fifa Player of the Year while playing for them in the English Premiership but left to go to Real Madrid, a team that had been struggling.

“I needed a different challenge and I took it and what better way to silence the critics than winning the MTN8 final.”

 

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