Lucas Radebe Has His Eyes SAFA Presidency and Improving SA Football Despite Political Obstacles

Lucas Radebe Has His Eyes SAFA Presidency and Improving SA Football Despite Political Obstacles

Jarryd Westerdale
November 20, 2023 at 11:09 AM
  • Lucas Radebe has been itching to get into the SAFA hot seat but politics are interfering
  • The Kaizer Chiefs and Leeds United legend has been told to follow the existing channels
  • Several have tried to dislodge Danny Jordaan for the top job but all have been defeated

South African football has long craved the leadership of a great statesman.

Former Bafana Bafana captain and internationally respected defender, Lucas Radebe has questioned why he has to jump through SAFA's hoops in order to further the country's legacy.

Radebe has been told that he needs to work through the existing structures in order realise his ambition of leading the administration he once served as a player.

Lucas Radebe, SAFA Presidency, structures.
Lucas Radebe has questioned why his status as a former captain of South Africa does not give him the credentials to challenge for the SAFA Presidency. Photos: Pat Scaasi and Gary M. Prior.
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Wearing the nation's colours 70 times and elevating its status across the world with humble distinction should be an example of a reputable CV.

This is not the case for Radebe, who has been met with resistance in trying to rectify the structural shortcomings of South African football.

Having been told he can not jump the queue, the Leeds United legend told Sunday World:

"It defeats the purpose of what we want to achieve, because the only thing we need is to see our football go forward and that will mean giving other people a chance."

Incumbent President, Danny Jordaan won his re-election in 2022 when he defeated Ria Ledwaba, as reported then by News24.

The former Ria Stars owner is challenging the election in court and recently appeared on Carte Blanche to lift the lid on alleged corruption at SAFA.

Always up for a scrap in his heyday, Radebe may not be inclined for a bureaucratic fight in his pursuit to do what is right for the sport and those who play it.

"I am not asking for any favours but for an opportunity, because this is not about me but the future and legacy of our football."

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Radebe wants South Africa to be great

Sports Brief previously reported on Lucas Radebe's call for change in South African football.

He spoke out about the decline in the country's fortunes since hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

'Rhoo' said the exclusion of former players was a major reason for the decline of SA football.

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Jarryd Westerdale joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.
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