Michael Dawson and Bongani Khumalo were joined at a SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur Academy training session by the Rt Hon David Cameron, Prime Minister, on Monday.
Mr Cameron stopped by at Groenkloof, Pretoria, to meet players from the Under-16 and Under-14 age groups, as well as members of the SuperSport United management team.
Our captain, Michael, and our South African international, Bongani, a former SuperSport first team skipper, met youngsters and joined in coaching drills.
Mr Cameron was in South Africa on a two-day visit to Africa to boost trade.
The visit comes at a time when Africa is changing. Last year, Africa’s economy grew by nearly 5% and six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world are African.
As a result, the UK’s relationship with Africa is also changing from a one-dimensional relationship focussed on aid to a three-dimensional relationship focussed on aid, trade and strengthened bilateral engagement.
The Prime Minister described South Africa as “a gateway to a new economic future” for Africa and pledged to double bilateral trade by 2015.
And we were able to display our investment in the future of African football through the SuperSport Tottenham Hotspur Academy.
Established in 2007 following investment from the Club, it is considered one of the best in the country – the Under-19 team currently play at the third level of South African football, in the Gauteng province of the Vodacom League.
The Academy has led to a series of coach and player exchanges between the two clubs that has seen academy players visit the UK for training and tournaments and, most recently, the transfer of Bongani in January, 2011.