Spurs in SA
All the details from day two of our pre-season tour of South Africa...
The squad travelled north from Johannesburg to Polokwane on day two of our pre-season tour of South Africa.
Once again we were greeted by wonderfully vibrant, enthusiastic fans at Polokwane Airport and there was a traditional welcome outside as local girls and women played drums, sung and danced as the team watched on.
First team coach Joe Jordan and local hero Bongani Khumalo, our South African international defender, were in the first group to depart from the hotel to the impressive Peter Mokaba Stadium for a press conference to preview the opening match of the Vodacom Challenge as we take on Kaizer Chiefs at the stadium tomorrow (Saturday, July 16, kick-off 3pm local time/2pm UK).
Bongani said: "It's great to be home, even if it is in different colours. We know this will be a good challenge for us and an ideal start to pre-season. I'm looking forward to playing."
Joe and Bongani were joined by Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic and midfielder Jimmy Tau, who said: "The Vodacom Challenge is always an important part of our pre-season preparations and this game is a benchmark for us to show how far we are prepared and how much we need to improve."
Joe and Bongani were straight down to the dressing room area after the conference to meet up with the rest of the squad for training.
Before the start of training, the lads took time to meet with disabled fans from the Association for Persons with Disability (APD).
The Association for Persons with Disability takes care of people with physical and or mental disabilities for the entire Limpopo Province.
Each member, between the ages of 20 and 40 with various disabilities, received gifts from the lads and then watched training.
Friday offered our first view of the Peter Mokaba Stadium, a newly-built stadium that hosted four group matches at last summer's World Cup including Mexico's 2-0 win against France and Argentina's 2-0 win against Greece.
The main concentration of Friday's session was ball work and team shape, with the match against Chiefs just around the corner.
By the way, the Chiefs squad trotted out to train just as we left the pitch!
The lads happily signed autographs for all the Spurs fans in attendance at the end of the session.
Those fans included, pictured left to right below, Miguel De Andrade, Rui Dias, Ricky Coelho, Christos Klonaridis and Danny Joseph, who travelled the 400kilometres from Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, to watch the lads train.