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8 reasons we're proud to call Lucas Radebe our own

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21 ICONS South Africa recently put the spotlight on Lucas Radebe, the South African football legend who has flown our flag high across the globe.

In an intimate conversation, Radebe spoke to Adrian Steirn about his life as one of South Africa’s most successful football exports.



A former Bafana Bafana captain and ‘the Chief’ of English Premier League side, Leeds United, he has achieved great acclaim on many international pitches as well as here at home.

But his accolades and reasons for making us proud go beyond the football pitch.

Here's just eight reasons why:

  1. Even our nation's greatest son Madiba referred to Radebe as 'my hero'

  2. In 1989 he was drafted to play for one of South Africa's most popular soccer teams, Kaizer Chiefs

  3. On a transfer to Leeds United he was appointed captain for the 1998/99 season

  4. His country was never far from his mind - he played with Bafana Bafana to win the African Nations Cup in 1996

  5. He is South Africa’s most-capped soccer player

  6. He works for a number of educational, social and charitable initiatives, including the Starfish charity for HIV and Aids orphans and the “Reach for a Dream’ Foundation

  7. He served as the FIFA ambassador for the SOS Children's Villages

  8. He received the FIFA Fair Play Award in December 2000.


- By 21 Icons and Carla Bernardo, Lead SA



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