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Emotions high in township

Posted on 28 July 2003  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Chris Hughton spoke emotionally after the squad met and trained with youngsters in Cape Town's Langa township on Sunday.

Our touring party in South Africa went straight to Langa Stadium after an internal flight from Durban to Cape Town.

We were met by hundreds of kids from what is a desperately poor area of what is a beautiful city and the players spent almost 90 minutes with them in a special coaching session. It was quite an experience for everyone involved.

"It was very much an eye-opener as you travel from the airpoirt and see the townships and dwellings these people live in," reflected first team coach Chris back at the hotel. "Is is very touching.

"We met a group of kids who don't have very much but were so delighted to see us.

"And the reaction we got from the players was fabulous. The lads responded to the kids, none of them wanted to go and when it was time to go, we had to call them away.

"I would say that the majority of footballers are brought up in working class areas.

"This is an area of mixed fortunes and it just so happens that the group of kids involved in Cape Town were at the lowest spectrum of that society. It is difficult.

"The players are very much aware they can brighten lives for a short period of time, but it doesn't last long. If each of the lads take a little of that away from them and it makes them appreciate what they have, then it's a good thing."