Sunday Jul 19, 2020. 16:00
South African football legend Lucas Radebe has expressed his delight at Leeds United’s promotion to the Premier League.
United’s promotion was confirmed on Friday night when West Bromwich Albion were beaten 2-1 by Huddersfield Town, ending a 16-year absence from England’s top flight.
Radebe spent 11 years with Leeds from 1994 to 2005 and is a bona fide club legend at Elland Road, having made over 250 appearances, worn the captain’s armband and helped the club to reach the semifinals of the UEFA Champions League early in the 21st century.
Radebe even remained with the club when they were first relegated in 2004, though he was forced to hang up his boots a year later due to injury.
Leeds dropped as low as League One (third tier) in the late 2000s, but they have gradually worked their way back up the ladder and the appointment of highly-regarded coach Marcelo Bielsa, known fondly as ‘El Loco’, in 2018 has culminated in a confirmed return to the elite.
Radebe took to Twitter to express his happiness at seeing Leeds back where they belong:
After long 16yrs finally the wait is over our dreams have come true bak in the premier league come on @LUFC Congratulations to ElLoco an the Boys absolutely proud.#MOT 💛🤍💙@andrearadri pic.twitter.com/NnTmkd0cMF
— Lucas Radebe (@LucasRadebe) July 17, 2020