playing soccer in the streets with balls made of plastic bags and
being with friends and family, eating pap and vleis.
These are some of the things soccer hero Lucas Radebe misses when he
is in England where he has been living and playing soccer for Leeds
United FC for the past 11 years.
1989 at the age of 20 he joined one of the biggest teams in the
country — Kaizer Chiefs. It was his dedication — both at team level
and as captain of Bafana Bafana — that attracted Leeds United, which
signed him in 1994 and eventually made him its captain. Radebe
(36), plans to coach with Leeds United until next year. He has retired
as a football player.
visited South Africa earlier this year. “Here at home I was involved
with fund raising for the SOS Children’s Villages, Starfish and The
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation,” said Radebe.
has a wife, Feziwe, and two children, Lucas Junior and Owami. He has
two other children, Jessica and Ofentse, who live with their mothers.
“I am one
of 11 children and my other brothers and sisters are from Soweto. My
mother and father live south of
says sport is a powerful tool that brings people together.
“Government should spend more money on sport. If you can dream it, you
can do it, as I have shown in my career.”
Radebe’s wife was recently diagnosed with cancer and will undergo
treatment in England. “We are confident that she will be alright,”
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