Spurs coach just adores the vuvuzela as they win

Ramatsiyi Moholoa

Touring English Premiership side Tottenham Hotspur's coach Martin Jol has fallen in love with the vuvuzela.

Speaking after their 2-1 win over Kaizer Chiefs in the opening game of the Vodacom Challenge at Kings Parks Stadium on Saturday, Jol also commended the local spectators for their passion and creativity.

"The supporters were more passionate. I enjoyed every moment of the game. I was more impressed by that thing that they were blowing throughout the game," said Jol, referring to the vuvuzela.

The Spurs' coach, who is visiting South Africa for the first time, said the passion of the supporters also augured well for the country's preparations for the 2010 World Cup finals.

Commenting on their win, Jol said: "I'm elated with the win. We did not give Chiefs space in the first half and managed to score two good goals. It was a great occasion for the youngsters.

"The tournament is part of our pre-season training and we will use our visit to South Africa to work hard. If you really want to do well in the season, you have to lay a solid foundation at the beginning.

"That's what we are aiming to do, we are now in the fourth week of our pre-season where the focus is more on tactical awareness," said Jol, adding that they wanted to do well in this tournament.

Irish Robbie Keane, Spurs' captain, said they were happy to be in South Africa and were looking forward to winning the tournament which will help them prepare for the Premiership season.

"We showed a lot of character and the most important thing is that we got the result."

Paul Robinson, the visitors' goalkeeper who won the R5 000 for the best save on Saturday, said the tournament was an eye opener for some of them ahead of the 2010 World Cup.