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A little help from his friends

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).

OJ Mabizela says that the support of his new teammates is helping him settle following his switch from South African outfit Orlando Pirates.

Mabizela returned with the squad from the pre-season tour to his homeland and he has now been granted a work permit to begin his Spurs career.

Adapting to life a very long way from home is never an easy transition and OJ is grateful for the help offered by the other players.

"I think they are very good players and they have treated me so well," he said. "They are good people and have done well by me. Right now it is good, I have settled but still have a way to go."

The South African international captain made his first competitive start for the club in the reserve game against Fulham on Tuesday last month and he is striving for optimum fitness ahead of a possible first team call.

"I'm working very hard at the moment to get into shape to get into the team. It is very hard, but I am trying my best.

"Of course, everything is different to South Africa. I am trying to adapt to the level of football over here - it is difficult but I am trying very hard.

"My first game was in pre-season against Sporting Lisbon and I think I did well - it was a good experience for me. I think it will take time for me to play in the Premiership but I am looking forward to it."

OJ caught up with a familiar face at the Lane recently, when Leeds and his former international teammate Lucas Radebe visited. Radebe, explained OJ, he views as a standard bearer for him to first match and hopefully emulate.

"I think Lucas has done very well to set the standard for us up and coming players from South Africa. For me to follow in his footsteps is a big chance - I might even go beyond him and do better."