SuperSport couldn't match Klate wage demands - Matthews

SuperSport couldn't match Klate wage demands - Matthews
Daine Klate

by Staff Reporter

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.