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It's disappointing to be snubbed in your country – Radebe

Bafana legend praises CAF for appointing ex-players

Neville Khoza Journalist
Lucas Radebe feels the challenges in SA football are holding former players back.
Lucas Radebe feels the challenges in SA football are holding former players back.
Image: Sydney Seshibedi/Gallo images

Bafana Bafana legend Lucas Radebe is disappointed that he is being overlooked in his own country while being recognised on the continent.

He was recently appointed to the new CAF technical and development committee alongside fellow African legends Khalilou Fadiga and Jeremi Njitap.

Radebe said he knows the challenges that are facing SA football and that it discourages former players who want to be part of it.

“Obviously, it’s been a disappointment for me. If it’s going to happen, it will happen but we know exactly the challenges that we are facing in the country, which is not really a football matter,” Radebe, who was part of the Marumo Gallants press conference in Sandton on Wednesday where they unveiled new players and a new jersey, told the media.

“It is very disappointing for me because it discourages those who would love to get involved, especially the players.”

Radebe, who is excited about his new role, said it is good that CAF is now using former players and that this will benefit African football. 

“I’m very excited and I think it’s a role that really opens our minds and the scope of football in Africa because for ex-players to be involved, it shows the direction that football is taking, which is great,” he said.

“We got great people that are involved, very experienced people in the community who I think are passionate about the development of the game, both men and women to make an impact in Africa.

“We look at ourselves as African and look at where we are in football and how we can develop and have progress and challenge our expertise in that manner, which is going to be very important.”

Meanwhile, after Danny Jordaan was re-elected as Safa president on Saturday, Radebe said he hopes SA football will be served properly.

“For me, I don’t think it should be about the positions. I think football has to take its place. Football has to play its role. It's got a big role to play in our community, as you know.

“People have to be served properly whatever happened at the weekend with the reappointment of Danny – it’s elections. He got enough votes and he deserves to be there. But I think the fight goes on. People have to come and talk about football.

"Whoever is involved in the game should be involved in the development in SA, that's what I believe.”

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