TAKE A SELFIE AND MEET ICON LU­CAS RADEBE

CityPress - - Front Page - For­mer Bafana Bafana cap­tain Lu­cas “Rhoo” Radebe says the ac­co­lades that con­tinue to be be­stowed on him should in­spire young play­ers to be­come sym­bols of the game.

Radebe (45) was one of four African play­ers named in the English Premier League’s 100 great­est play­ers ever list com­piled by UK news­pa­per The Daily Tele­graph.

The for­mer Leeds United de­fender was ranked 78th with the Ivory Coast duo of Di­dier Drogba (15th) and Yaya Touré (19th), and Nige­ria’s Jay Jay Okocha (93rd), on the list topped by Manch­ester United legend Ryan Giggs.

The recog­ni­tion for Radebe came a year short of a decade after his re­tire­ment from soc­cer.

“It makes me re­flect on how far I came with the game and, look­ing back, my achieve­ments should in­spire young play­ers to be­come a sym­bol of the game,” he said.

“Be­ing hon­oured by the premier league so many years after I hung up my boots makes me a proud South African.”

The “Chief”, as Radebe is known to the El­land Road faith­ful, urged the emerg­ing gen­er­a­tion of play­ers to “look beyond just play­ing for Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana.

“Make an im­pact abroad to be­come true am­bas­sadors for our coun­try”.

In re­tire­ment, Radebe said he jug­gled his de­mand­ing am­bas­sado­rial du­ties in the game with fam­ily life as a sin­gle par­ent.

He said his ef­forts to ac­quire a stake in Leeds – the club he served for 10 years as a player – had not abated, it was still a work in progress.

PHOTO: GARY VAN WYK COUR­TESY OF 21 ICONS

BIG CHIEF Lu­cas Radebe is pic­tured in pho­tog­ra­pher and film maker Adrian Steirn’s 21 Icons South Africa se­ries

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