'I was once a foreigner at Leeds' - Lucas Radebe pleads for calm in native South Africa

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The Leeds legend and former captain is hoping for an end to the current troubles in South Africa.

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.

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.

He is now hoping to use that influence to do some good in his country, which is currently in the midst of turmoil.

South Africa is currently experiencing a wave of xenophobic attacks across the country, which has resulted in fatalities.

Radebe has used the fact he was once considered a foreigner in Leeds, where he is now considered one of their own, to try and send a message to South Africans throughout the land to stop the current violence.

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