Our director of football David Pleat, with the squad in South Africa, looks ahead to the clashes against Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.
IT WILL BE nice to see South Africa football first hand and to see how both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs play against us.
I'm sure both will be aggressive but in a controlled way, athletic and technically they are very skilful players. They play on harder ground which would improve their control.
We've already seen the passion for the game out here. It's quite obvious the people love the game and they are well briefed as well, as well in touch as many of our supporters back home.
It's like an adventure for us. It will interesting to see how exciting some of the talent is. We already know a few names but as I explained to a journalist from the local media, immigration rules are different in our country and having players from outside the EYU isn't easy - for a start. they must have played in 75 per cent of their national team's games in the last two years.
I'm sure Orlando and Kaizer are two of the best teams here and we will get a barometer of how we're shaping up, which is important. We've had a relatively calm pre-season but now we'll have to step it up a little before we play PSV and Sporting Lisbon.
It will be fascinating to see the games. We're all looking forward to and I'm particularly looking forward to see how good these South African sides really are.