Tuesday Jul 14, 2015. 12:06
SuperSport United CEO Stan Matthews has revealed the reason behind the club opting against signing Daine Klate.
Klate returned to the Pretoria club on-loan at the turn of the year from Orlando Pirates and looked sure to complete a permanent move to SuperSport .
The 30-year-old, though, failed to agree terms with Matsatsanta, opening the door for Bidvest Wits, where Klate has since linked up with Gavin Hunt.
"Of course I regret losing Klate, but unfortunate from a wage perspective his demands were very, very high and we don't begrudge him that," said Matthews.
"He is a young man that we are very proud of, a product of this football club and the fact that he had been offered such a nice contract by Bidvest Wits, I was the first to tell Daine that he should take it because I can't offer that.
"He deserves every goodness in his career, and like I said I was the first to congratulate him."
Matthews believes signing Australian midfielder Isaka Aongor Cernak-Okanya made more sense.
The 26-year-old is the third player signed by the club from the Oceania region in the past year, he joins New Zealand internationals Jeremy Brockie and Michael Boxall at the club.