Lucas Radebe turns 50: A look at his inspirational life and career

Lucas Radebe turns 50: A look at his inspirational life and career

Soccer legend, Lucas Radebe, celebrates his 50th birthday today and takes a look at some of the key moments in his life.

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Former Bafana Bafana captain, Lucas Ntuba Radebe, turns 50 today and celebrates the occasion.

The soccer legend was born on Saturday, 12 April 1969 in Diepkloof, Soweto.

Radebe’s parents decided to send him to Bophuthatswana at the age of 15 to escape some of the political turmoil within South Africa.

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In 1989, Radebe’s precocious talent was noticed by Kaizer Chiefs scouts and they subsequently signed him.

English football team, Leeds United, then signed Radebe and Phil Masinga in a package deal in 1994.

It later emerged that it was at the request of Masinga as he rated the young defender.

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He made his international debut in 1992 against Cameroon.

Radebe eventually became the captain of both Bafana Bafana and Leeds United.

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He also became the first player to captain South Africa at two different World Cup finals.

The University of Cape Town honoured Radebe for his outstanding humanitarian work as they awarded him with a Master of Social Science honoris causa.

Although, he achieved great things, Radebe also had to contend with his fair share of tragedy.

He was shot in 1991, suffered several major injury setbacks at Leeds and lost his wife to cancer in 2008.

However, he remains a living legend and has inspired millions of young South African boys to follow in his footsteps.

Today, says happy birthday skipper!

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