Date: 13th July 2006 at 4:11pm
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Aberdeen boss,Jimmy Calderwood has warned his players that their trip to South Africa will be no summer holiday for them as they landed in South Africa.

The Dons fresh from two pre-season win over Peterhead (1-4) and Elgin (5-0)are set to get down to the hard work in the heat of the African sun were they will play 4 matches against local opposition.

The Dons boss has had a look at new signing,Karim Touzani who had a composed and impressive debut despite a nervous start against Peterhead.
Goals in that match for the Dons were,Stevie Crawford,Gary Dempsey and a couple from Darren Mackie with a Dougie Cameron shot deflecting off Zander Diamond for Peterhead’s goal.

Former Don and now Elgin boss,Brian Irvine,watched on as the Dons hit his team for 5 on Sunday.
Jimmy Calderwood had a look at trailist Othmare Hemama who played at left back.
Goals in the game came from Richie Byrne 2,Chris Clark,Chris Maguire and Darren Mackie.

Scott Severin will miss the start of the season as he has a knee injury and he will need an operation but he may be back sooner than expected which is good news for the Dons.

Two very quick non Aberdeen stories to end with.
1)On Sunday we saw the end of a great footballing career when Zinedine Zidane called time on his football career but he did not bow out the way that he would have liked.I would just like to say that Zidane is a hero of mine no matter what he did on Sunday,another Frenchman Eric Cantona assulted a fan whilst he was a Manchester United player because he was taking abuse from a Crystal Palace fan.Both players may have been wrong to react in the way that they did but nothing can take away from the fact that they both were superb players and anyone who was lucky enough to be at Hampden when Mr Zidane scored his wonder goal to give Real Madrid a 2-1 win in the Champions League final,will never forget that moment,he was and is a special talent,no matter what he has done!

2)Dons and Rangers fans have not seen eye to eye for many years now and I am sure with all the history with Fernando Ricksen,he will never be a firm favourite will Dons fans but I am sure that everyone at Pittodrie and in Scottish Football as a whole will wish him all the very best as he battle’s against his present problem with the demon drink.Drink affects us all or has affected us all in one way or another,so I am sure you will join with me in wishing Fernando all the very best in his battle,a battle harder than any Rangers v Aberdeen match.