There is a growing wave of support for former Bafana Bafana defender Lucas Radebe to become the next South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president.
SAFA are set to hold their elections in two months’ time and current boss Danny Jordaan is expected to stand for re-election.
But Radebe, currently working on the SAFA Technical Committee, has reportedly shown interest in the job and it appears that the former Kaizer Chiefs and Leeds United centre-back would be a popular choice.
Platinum Stars coach Roger De Sa, who was part of the squad when Bafana Bafana won the 1996 AFCON, is 100 percent behind his former team-mate.
“It’s long overdue because if you look around the world, there is [French icon Michel] Platini, [German legend Franz] Beckenbauer.
“Lucas is a respected figure in football. It’s always good to have someone who played the game because they understand the needs of players. We talk about the decline of Bafana, the hiring and firing coaches but administration stays the same,” the former goalkeeper told the Sowetan.
Former national team defender Edward Motale has similar sentiments to De Sa:
“It’s a good idea to have a former footballer raising his hand – to have the game run by people who played the game.
“We must emulate other countries like Zambia, who voted for Kalusha Bwalya to run their football. I’d love to see a former player in football administration, so ‘Rhoo’ [Radebe] must go for it,” he said.
Legendary strikers Jerry Sikhosana and Phil Masinga also both voiced their support for the 48-year-old Radebe.
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