Top job for Lu­cas Radebe

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SOUTH AFRICAN soc­cer star Lu­cas Radebe has been ap­pointed as SA Tourism’s “2010 Am­bas­sador to the World”, tasked to pro­mote the coun­try ahead of the World Cup kick­off next year.

The an­nounce­ment was made by Tourism Min­is­ter Marthi­nus van Schalk­wyk at an event in Jo­han­nes­burg on Thurs­day evening.

A state­ment is­sued by the min­istry quoted Van Schalk­wyk as say­ing tourism in South Africa was priv­i­leged to have a foot­baller of Radebe’s stature and cal­i­bre “to part­ner with us to grow ex­cite­ment” about the loom­ing in­ter­na­tional event.

“We look for­ward to work­ing with him as 2010 ap­proaches to spread the mes­sage of the an­tic­i­pa­tion and op­ti­mism sweep­ing our coun­try,” he said.

The Soweto-born Radebe, who made his in­ter­na­tional soc­cer de­but for South Africa in 1992, and was capped 70 times, went on to an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer with a UK club Leeds United, which he cap­tained from 1998 to 2002.

Radebe re­tired from foot­ball in 2005. – Sapa

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