klate has not lost hope

THOUGH he has not made it into the provisional Bafana Bafana World Cup squad, SuperSport United midfield star Daine Klate has not lost hope of featuring in the tournament.

Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira will announce the final squad for the tournament at the end of the month.

Parreira has left the talented midfielder out of the 29-man provisional squad and this surprised many fans and commentators who have followed the player's progress over the past season.

Many people believe Klate has done enough at United to be in the final World Cup squad.

The player, who was part of the Bafana Bafana squad for the Brazil and Germany camps, was instrumental in United winning their third consecutive league title.

"It does not look like I will make it to the final team, but I have not lost hope," Klate said yesterday.

"I had a fantastic time in Brazil. Unfortunately I didn't have enough time to prove myself but I have not lost hope and I will continue to work hard and see what happens.

"I'm hoping that Parreira will feel the need to add another midfielder to the squad and consider me."

Parreira said he had not shut the door on other deserving players, and this should give Klate hope.

On his future with the league champions, Klate said he was happy at United but pointed out that his future at the team was in the hands of the club's management.

"I love this club and wake up every morning looking forward to going to training.

"Coach Gavin Hunt has outlined his vision for me at the club and I would like to stay, but it is up to management if I stay or go," he told Sowetan.

The left-sided player admitted that cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns had shown an interest in him in December.

The Brazilians are still believed to be courting Klate and teammate Anthony Laffor.