Tuesday, June 05, 2007
SPURS TO TOUR SOUTH AFRICA
Spurs are delighted to announce that the Club will participate in the prestigious Vodacom Challenge in South Africa in July. In doing so, Spurs will be only the second team outside of Africa to take part in the tournament following Manchester United’s involvement last year. Until then, host clubs Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates had only taken on the best of their continent.
This will be the second time in four years Tottenham have travelled to South Africa to tackle the famous Castle Premiership teams as part of the important pre-season work. Back in 2003, Spurs met the Pirates first and then the Chiefs in ‘International Club Bid Challenges’ as the Club did its bit in helping South Africa bid for the World Cup in 2010 – a bid that proved successful.
This time around it’s a three-team tournament and Tottenham kick-off against Kaizer Chiefs at the ABSA Stadium in Durban on Saturday July 21. The team then travels south to Cape Town to face the Pirates at the famous Newlands Stadium on Tuesday July 24th. The two South African teams face each other on Thursday July 26th in Port Elizabeth before we take on the winners in the final match at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, Pretoria, on Saturday July 28.
Tottenham's latest voyage to South Africa will further links in a country where the Club has enjoyed a huge supporter base since the success of the 1960s and where the boys were made to feel so welcome in 2003.
THFC recently announced a long-term charity commitment in the country in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages International, the world's largest orphan and abandoned children charity, to fund a children’s home in Rustenburg.