Wits ace test

Wits ace test

THE PERFECT 10: Wits' Daine Klate

Students produce final masterclass.

Students are in focus all around the country with the Fees Must Fall protests.

But this weekend a university-based side graduated with honours as they dished out a footballing masterclass.

Wits passed their MTN8 final exam with
flying colours, beating Mamelodi Sundowns 3-0 in Nelspruit.

They had done their homework, they had prepared well and their strategy was on point.

So much so that before most Downs
players even had a touch on the ball, Wits were already ahead.

Daine Klate, playing in his 13th final, was the destroyer-in-chief and it was he who opened the scoring after 35 seconds.

From there they never looked back, Wits were relentless and had the Downs defence on the ropes.

In the 20th minute, Klate was involved again, this time Eleazar Rodgers
slotted home after his shot rebounded.

But the 31-year-old PE-born midfielder put the icing on the cake with the third goal for the Students.

You can’t help but feel happy that Gavin Hunt has finally got some silverware to his name at the helm of Wits; he’s been close in the last few seasons.

But what I’m really delighted about is that the spotlight is now firmly on Klate.

He is of the most underrated in terms of media attention and hype but when you look at the record books, at trophies and awards, his name stands high above the rest.

He has been given a new role this season, playing in an attacking trio with Thabang Monare and Elias Pelembe, although he is not strictly in the No.10 role.

The dangerous thing we saw on Saturday is that this Wits attack is very fluid, they interchange all the time as the game moves.

But Klate is the puppet master and Eleazar Rodgers the target man.

Hunt is a clever manager and he’s tapped into the fact that Klate’s not as young as he once was.

But he doesn’t need to be able to run for days because he reads the game better than anyone.

Yes, it was a top team performance from Wits but it also reminded us that Klate is one of the finest footballers this country has ever seen.

Now, I leave you with this thought, Klate put on a man of the match performance in the final, winning his 12th trophy in SA football (with five league titles) but when Bafana Bafana assembles this week for World Cup qualifier, he won’t be there.

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