Son of Leeds United legend Lucas Radebe making first steps into the game

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Ofentse Radebe is currently with Mpumalanga Black Aces in the South African top flight.

There is absolutely no doubt that South African defender Lucas Radebe holds legendary status at Leeds United. He arrived at Elland Road from Kaizer Chiefs in his homeland back in 1994 along with Phil Masinga and went on to become an icon at the club.

The towering defender was a modern day centre back before his time. Over the course of 11 years with Leeds he became their number one defender and helped them to the semi-finals of the Champions League in 2001.

At the time plenty of teams were interested, including Manchester United. The Yorkshire Evening Post reported in 2010 that Sir Alex Ferguson had quipped; "Everyone should be interested in Lucas."

They also reported that Fabio Capello wanted him at Roma.

His legend was so strong that a Leeds four-piece dubbed 'Parva' renamed their band the 'Kaizer Chiefs' in 2003 - in recognition of Radebe's former club. They went on to sell five top ten albums and their lead singer is that bloke off of The Voice.

Unfortunately the latter stages of his career were marred by knee injuries but Radebe was, and still is, a footballing icon to Leeds fans and South African fans.

So imagine following in his footsteps? Because that is exactly what his son is trying to do. Ofentse Radebe has just finished playing university football in South Africa and is now training with South African Premier Soccer League side Mpumalanga Black Aces.

He confirmed the news to their official Facebook account this week, admitting he has 'big shoes to fill' in those of his illustrious father.


Hopefully he can do just that and one day make his way to Leeds United and become a hero, just like his old man.

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