“If you ask Lucas Radebe about personal awards he would brush them off and say football is a team sport. And if he receives awards for social responsibility or his philanthropy, he would say that is what people should do anyway.”
Board Chairman, Lucas Radebe Group of Companies
1996 – Africa Cup Of Nations
South Africa 2 Tunisia 0:
South Africa hosts and wins its first Africa Cup of Nations in front of 95,000 fans
2000 – FIFA Fair Play Award
Lucas Radebe won the FIFA Fair Play Award in contribution to his work with SOS Children Villages in Soweto and his active support against racism.
2003 – Contribution To The Community Award In The Premier League 10 Seasons Awards
In recognition for Lucas’ efforts both on and off the field.
2003 – The Order Of Ikhamanga In Silver
Awarded to Lucas Radebe (1969 – ) for excellent achievement in the field of sport
2004 – Named 54th In Top 100 Great South Africans
The Top 100 Great South Africans (as voted for by the South African public)
2005 – Testimonial Season
After 10 years of playing with Leeds United Lucas was honoured with a testimonial match for his service to his club.
2005 – Honorary Doctorate Degree In Sports Science
Leeds Metropolitan University
2010 – PFA Merit Award
Lucas received this award for his meritorious contribution to the sport of football
In 1990, at 20 years of age, Lucas Radebe signed with South Africa’s pre-eminent club Kaizer Cheifs. It took Lucas a year to break into the Amakhosi team but when his chance came to make his debut against Bush Bucks, Lucas was ready. The Kaizer Chiefs fans quickly took notice of the composed newcomer when he brilliantly marked the great Jomo Sono in only his second match.
He scored his first goal against Wits and quickly grew in stature as the Kaizer Chiefs went on to lift the 1992 Castle Cup. To his delight Lucas was given the best player of the game award and later on, was also voted South Africa’s Rookie of the Year. Chief fans gave him the nick name “Rhoo”, while his teammates called him “Lookaround,” due to his amazing ability to read the game.
From 1990 to 1994 Lucas made 113 Kaizer Chiefs appearances winning 2 league titles, 1 Bob Save Super Bowl, 2 Castle Challenge Cups and 3 BP Top 8’s.
In 1994 Lucas signed with Leeds United and left for Yorkshire, England. Lucas was plagued by a serious knee injury at the end of his first season at Leeds. However, he recovered quickly and within four years was named Club Captain. Leeds fans had dubbed Lucas “The Chief” and he became the first Black South African to captain a Premier League team.
From 1994 to 2005 Lucas made 201 appearances. In the 1999-2000 season, as a captain, he led Leeds to its best season, finishing third in the Premier League. This was a result that qualified Leeds for the following season’s Champions League where they were knocked out in the semi-finals. Lucas’ loyalty to Leeds was rewarded with a Testimonial year in 2005. At a star-studded Testimonial Game on 2 May 2005 at Elland Road, 38,000 fans came to show their appreciation of a Leeds Legend.
Lucas was a member of the first ever non-racial team to represent South Africa following its return to international football in 1992. On 7 July 1992, a historic day for South African football, Lucas and South Africa beat Cameroon 1-0.
In 1996, Lucas played a key role on the Bafana Bafana team, which won the African Nations Cup, beating Tunisia in the final on 3 February 1996 in South Africa’s first and only major tournament cup. Two years later, Lucas was named captain and led Bafana Bafana to its first ever World Cup appearance in France. Lucas, as captain again, returned with South Africa to the 2002 World Cup in Japan/South Korea.
After eleven years, in 2003, with 70 South Africa caps, Lucas retired from international football. Lucas’ loyalty remains with his country and Bafana Bafana as he played an central role in bringing the World Cup to South Africa in 2010.