On This Day: Lucas Radebe wins PFA Special Merit Award

On This Day: Lucas Radebe wins PFA Special Merit Award
Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe (L) received the PFA Special Merit Award for his contribution to football

by Bertin Basson

Saturday Apr 25, 2020. 16:00

On This Day in 2010, Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe received the PFA Special Merit Award for his contribution to football.


Radebe joined Leeds United from Kaizer Chiefs in 1994 and over the next 11 years he’d establish himself as a club legend and fan favourite.


He made over 200 appearances for Leeds and in the 1999-00 season he led the team to a third place finish in the English Premier League as club captain. The following campaign Leeds would reach the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League before losing to eventual runners-up Valencia.


Radebe was fondly referred to as ‘The Chief’ during his time at Elland Road and has a suite named after him in the West Stand.


His contribution to football in England, where he became the first black South African to captain a Premier League team, and in South Africa was celebrated at the PFA Player of the Year Awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 25 April 2010 — months before South Africa hosted the first FIFA World Cup on African soil.








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