Robbie Keane (RK): Thanks man, I’m doing very well and it’s a pleasure to be back here (referring to South Africa) after my first visit back in 2003.
OPFC.com: So this being your second visit in the country, what is your overall impression of South Africa?
RK: South Africa is a beautiful country with excellent facilities and has extremely friendly people.
I have also realised that there is a lot of improvements being made to the infrastructure of the beautiful stadiums. There has also been a big improvement in the hotel facilities – they are magnificent, and very good for tourists.
OPFC.com: What do you know about Orlando Pirates?
RK: (laughs) Apart from being the club that made us chase our own shadows in the 2-1 loss in 2003. I know that Orlando Pirates are one of the biggest clubs in South Africa, and they believe in youth players. Pirates also have a unique style of play (referring to the Tsamaya’s and shibobos) – it can be dangerous if executed properly.
OPFC.com: What can the supporters expect to see from you on Tuesday when Spurs face the Mighty Buccaneers?
RK: Honestly, I wouldn’t like to predict the outcome of the game but I can proudly say is that we have assembled a totally new team and I am one of only three players to be retained from the squad of 2003.
I wish both clubs all the best on Tuesday night, unfortunately one has to fall and it wont be Spurs (laughing).
OPFC.com: Cape Town weather is very similar to that of London. Do you think that will suit you better?
RK: Yes definitely, but I must point out that it wont be a walk in the park because Pirates has a very competitive squad and I doubt the players will want to disappoint their passionate supporters.
So we expect a fight, as you know that the players would also be going out there to impress our technical team in an attempt to win a contract overseas.
OPFC.com: So how do you rate the South African supporters compared to others you have played in front of?
RK: I love the South African supporters, they are very passionate and I think they come close to their European counterparts.
I particularly like the sound of the ... ummm (OPFC.com: the vuvuzela?) Yes that’s it. That instrument seems to encourage the players more.
There is no doubt in my mind that South Africa will host a successful World Cup in 2010.
OPFC.com: Finally, how do you feel about conducting these kinds of initiatives (soccer clinic)?
RK: I think they are great. We had a lot of fun with the kids today – some showed skills that could make them professional players one day.
OPFC.com: Rob, thanks again for your time and all the best for the future.
RK: Thanks my friend.
*Stolen from our good friends at Orlando Pirates. com*