South Africa soccer legend celebrates Leeds United’s promotion

AFRICAN MIRROR REPORTER

SOUTH African football legend Lucas Radebe has celebrated the return of Leeds United to the English Premier League after 16 years

Radebe, who played Leeds for 11 years – 1994 and 2005 – ended as captain.  

Years after retirement, he remains hugely popular in the English town. Known as “The Chief”, he has a beer, a bar and bus named after him. There are also many youngsters in Leeds who were named  after the Leeds legend.

Reacting to Leeds promotion, Radebe wrote on Twitter: “After 16 years, finally the wait is over. Our dreams have come true. Back in the Premier League. Come on LUFC! Congratulations to El Loco and the Boys. Absolutely proud,” Radebe said.

Leeds defeated Barnsley 1-0 to secure all three points and a promotion to the elite league. 

Radebe is also former captain of top South African club Kaizer Chiefs and the South African national football team – Bafana Bafana.

Striker Phil Masinga is the other South African to have played for the Elland Road club. Tony Yeboah, from Ghana, also played for Leeds United. Both Masinga and Yeboah scored goals that remain on the club’s list for the greatest ever.