Njabulo Ngidi
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19 Apr 2014
12:00 pm

Hero Radebe also has a hero

Njabulo Ngidi

Lucas Radebe, a man who was described by the late Nelson Mandela as his hero, has an inspirational figure of his own that he would love to follow.

That figure is Zambian Football Association president Kalusha Bwalya.

“King Kalu” captained Zambia and also coached them after hanging up his boots. He now leads the country’s association along with being a standing committee member of Caf and Fifa. It was during his presidency that Chipolopolo won their first Africa Cup of Nations in 2012.

Radebe, having captained Bafana Bafana, has never hidden his desire of one day coaching either Bafana Bafana or Leeds United. Late last year he revealed on his official website that he was part of a consortium looking to buy his former English club.

“He is an inspiration,” Radebe said of Bwalya.

“He gives hope to ex-players to say there are roles for us to play in our football. It’s about how we get involved and how we have an impact to develop the game.

“But there are other things that we have to learn. You see people like Kalusha transform football in their country. We can’t be scared. We need to take risks, but Safa has to be confident in our ex-players to give them roles. Even if it’s not top roles, but roles that will eventually see them in the forefront to improve our game.”

Radebe was part of a panel in Sandton on Wednesday that looked at ways to transform the country’s football.