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BARTLETT WELCOMES SPURS TESTS

Posted on 27 July 2007  - 12:00

Shaun Bartlett believes the visit of Spurs is a welcome bonus for South African football in terms of tracking development.

Shaun Bartlett believes the visit of Spurs is a welcome bonus for South African football in terms of tracking development.

The former Charlton striker returned to his homeland a year ago to join the Kaizer Chiefs and scored against us in our opening game of the Vodacom Challenge in Durban on Saturday.

"I've been back now for a year and I'm adjusting to the environment," said the 35-year-old who scored two goals against us for Charlton in Martin Jol's first game in charge (although he was officially appointed a couple of days later) before being sent off for handling on the line.

"Even though I am South African I was away for ten years, but am I enjoying my time back and will hopefully continue to do so," he added, pointing out that the game over here has moved on considerably since he departed for Europe.

"Definitely, a lot of things have changed and it is good to see that they have changed in a positive way. If it keeps progressing as it has then we will eventually be up there with the top footballing countries.

"The profile that comes with staging the World Cup in 2010 is part of the reason why I decided to come back. I had offers to stay in Europe, but it was the best time to come back with 2010 in mind so I can plough back what I learned while I was away."

And the visit of Spurs?

"I think it is great and not just for the players, who will find out where they are in terms of skill, standard and technique. Also for the community, they see these teams on the television every week so to see them live is a great honour and a lot of people are enjoying the moment."