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Posted on 23 July 2007  - 12:00

There was a further media briefing at the Newlands Stadium on our first full day in Cape Town ahead of the Vodacom Challenge game with Orlando Pirates at the venue on Tuesday night.

There was a further media briefing at the Newlands Stadium on our first full day in Cape Town ahead of the Vodacom Challenge game with Orlando Pirates at the venue on Tuesday night.

Martin Jol and Michael Dawson represented Spurs at the top table and were joined by the Pirates coach Bibey Mutombo and captain Lehlohonolo Seema. Martin reported that Younes Kaboul is fine after suffering a kick in the teeth against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday, while Pascal Chimbonda and Paul Stalteri are ready to begin their pre-season campaigns. Ben Alnwick, however, has flown home after picking up a knee injury in training in Durban.

"He is not quite as handsome, but he is fine," joked Martin when asked about Younes.

The team proceeded to train at Newlands in front of the fans and took time out after the session for signings and photographs.

In the afternoon, Robbie Keane, Teemu Tainio, Michael Dawson, Philip Ifil and Jacques Maghoma headed out to the township of Llanga for a special event with local children including 20 from the SOS Children's Village just outside of Cape Town.

For the players it was a rare opportunity to witness the good work of the Club's international charity first hand. In a groundbreaking initiative, the Club ringfenced player fine monies to fund the construction of an SOS house.

One child approached Robbie Keane while he was doing an interview and said 'your money built our house!'.

The players, as well as those from Orlando Pirates, conducted training sessions, giving over 100 children the chance of showcasing their skills in front of a number of greatly impressed professionals, who particularly enjoyed their afternoon.

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