Spurs stars welcome Hong Kong side to Enfield base

Emmanuel Adebayor and Jan Vertonghen welcome Hong Kong youth team to Enfield training ground

Emmanuel Adebayor and Jan Vertonghen welcome Hong Kong youth team to Enfield training ground

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Tottenham Hotspur stars Jan Vertonghen and Emmanuel Adebayor welcomed a Hong Kong youth side to their training ground.

The players held a question and answer sessions and signed shirts at their training base in Hotspur Way, Enfield.

The under-16 national team for Hong Kong have been in Enfield for two weeks as they prepare for the maiden Asian championships in Thailand next month.

CY Cheng, 16, who is part of the Hong Kong team said: “It has been an amazing experience to train on these facilities and it is so different from Hong Kong because it is not as humid.

“I play on the wing and I have learnt a lot about the physical side of the game, which we really help me when playing next month in the championships.

“We have a really hard draw against China, Australia and Japan but we are very excited to be playing in our maiden tournament.”

The trip was made possible by Tottenham’s chief sponsor AIA.

Defender Vertonghen, who admitted that he prefers to play against quicker strikers than ones like Andy Carroll, said: “They can learn a lot here, they have a very different style of football and can learn from different exercises in the gym and play a lot of possession football.

“I hope we see more Asian players in the Premier League in the future because they are often very good and run with the ball very well.”

Adebayor added: “It is special for them. You can tell the questions are coming from their heart and this is a big moment for them.

“One day you are playing on the street and the next you are here so I am always happy to chat to the youth especially those who are really keen to listen.”

Mark Sutcliffe, CEO of the Hong Kong Football Association, added: “The U16s have made history by qualifying for the finals of the AFC U16 Championship. This is a fantastic achievement and demonstrates the potential of Hong Kong footballers.

“The training camp is a perfect way to combine all of these factors and we are indebted to AIA and Tottenham Hotspur for making this dream a reality.”

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