Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe says that he is very disappointed with how South African players are very comfortable with playing in the PSL than trying to make it in top European leagues. There are a few South African players playing for top teams in Europe as most of them are warming the bench in smaller before deciding to come back home.
Lucas Radebe is one of South Africa’s football legends who contributed a lot in the development and growth of the country’s football. He started his professional football career at Kaizer Chiefs and then went on to play for the then English Premiership side Leeds United. He was also the captain of the English Premiership side Leeds United during his playing days.
He played 201 games for Leeds United and was the first foreigner to captain an English Premiership side in history of English football. While playing for Leeds he was well respected by all players of other teams and was very influential when it comes to calm situations where players were getting out of hand.
He also played for Bafana Bafana and captained the side. He was part of the Bafana Bafana team that won their first and only AFCON in 1995 which was hosted by South Africa. He played as a centre back for South Africa and as a central midfielder for Leeds United.
Lucas was also used as a goalkeeper sometimes where the goalkeeper of his team was given a red card and there was no goalkeeper to be used. He is currently the ambassador of South Africa and sometimes used by FIFA in a lot of football activities. He was present in the recent FIFA ceremony where Cristiano Ronaldo was named footballer of the year.
He was honoured in England and there is a beer named after him called Radebeer which is sold in England and especially the town of Leeds. He is still involved with Leeds United as an advisor as the team is fighting to get back to top flight football in England.
SAFA is also planning to include him on the new Bafana Bafana technical team after the announcement of a new coach who will be replacing the axed Shakes Mashaba. His contribution will help the national team as he is very experienced in football and well known all over the world. Once a while he was also planning to buy shares at Bidvest Wits University Football Club. He is still keen on owning a football club and will soon realize his dream as he is still looking at the possibility.
Lucas played for Bafana from 1992 until 2003 where he played 70 games. He also played a few world cup games for Bafana Bafana. He is one of the players who enjoyed their football careers and was well disciplined. Lucas is a role model to a lot of current football players in South Africa and a lot of them are on their way to emulate him.
With the current situation in South African football where things are not working out, it is time for SAFA to use legends like Lucas Radebe to help re-instill the country’s football image in the world. Currently Bafana Bafana is raked out of the top 50 countries in the world and it is a sign that something is not right with South African football. Lucas Radebe is always available for any football activity and does not hesitate when called to help in any football activity. Football is his first love and it will remain so for the rest of his life.
The current crop of players in South Africa are earning a lot of money and no longer interested in going to Europe as they are enjoying life in the PSL and South Africa in general.