Dutch master relishing South Africa challenge once again

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Rafael van der Vaart had to ask teammate Steven Pienaar what to expect from Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, who Tottenham will be facing in their pre-season tour of South Africa.

As expected, Pienaar told the Dutchman to expect a tough task, although he is looking forward to the challenge as a good way to prepare as the club take aim at fourth spot in the Barclays Premier League next season.

"I had a quick chat with Steven Pienaar and he told me that the teams in South Africa are strong,” Van der Vaart said. “So I'm sure they will be a test and ideal friendly matches for us.

"We'll go there to play three games and work hard. I'm looking forward to it.”

Van der Vaart will return to South Africa with fond memories after last summer’s run to the World Cup Final with the Netherlands.

Despite the heartbreaking 1-0 loss to Spain in Johannesburg, van der Vaart still said it was a great experience playing inside such full stadiums with fans who have such a love of football.

"We had a great tournament last summer. Football is really big there, especially after the World Cup. I'm sure the stadiums will be full and it will be a great atmosphere.


"They love football, the whole country, you can feel that.

"The people want to see the games, they want to be at the stadium. You could see that at the World Cup. That was a great experience.”

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