IN IT TO WIN IT
Paul Robinson insists returning home with the Vodacom Challenge trophy is the big aim of the squad from our tour of South Africa.
Paul Robinson insists returning home with the Vodacom Challenge trophy is the big aim of the squad from our tour of South Africa.Even though it is pre-season and preparing for the forthcoming campaign is a high priority of the trip, Robbo pointed out that there is a trophy at stake and he wants it to be included in our luggage on the flight back to London.
The goalkeeper hopes there will be a similarities with the visit to South Korea two years ago when Martin Jol steered the side to Peace Cup success and the team went on to enjoy a successful season which resulted in European qualification for the first time in seven years.
"The gaffer wants to win everything," said the England No.1. "We started off at Stevenage and he wanted to win that because he is a winner and hates losing. We went to South Korea two years ago and won the Peace Cup after playing some very good teams. We are taking it seriously, it is preparation for our season, but also a trophy to win.
"It will be my first game of pre-season because I had a bit of extra time off because of the England games at the end of last season. I'm looking forward to the games and moving around South Africa, you always see friendly faces and it is a great place to play football.
"It will be a tough tournament and we are in for three very difficult games, which will be good preparation for our season. Hopefully the games will be a good spectacle," added Robbo, who believes Martin will be fielding his strongest possible sides for the encounters with Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates.
"I think you will see strong teams and we have made a few new signings. We have had a couple of games already this season, but now I think you will start to see the shape of what the manager wants to do and very strong teams."