Sibusiso Zuma, a former Bafana Bafana and FC Copenhagen legend, has expressed his unwavering support for his former teammate and captain, Lucas Radebe. Zuma’s endorsement comes in light of Radebe’s aspirations to one day preside over the South African Football Association (Safa). Radebe recently revealed his strong desire to succeed Danny Jordaan and lead the embattled Safa.
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Zuma, who is now 48, shared many memorable moments on the field with Radebe, including their participation in the 2002 Fifa World Cup in Korea/Japan. He stated that he would fully back Radebe if he decided to run for the Safa presidency. In an exclusive interview with Sunday World, Zuma said, “I don’t know about the things that are happening or if there is gatekeeping at Safa but one thing I’m going to guarantee you is that whatever Lucas does, I am going to support him.”
Zuma further emphasized his bond with Radebe, stating, “Lucas was my captain for close to 10 years. I have gone to war with that guy – went to countless qualifications away from home fighting for this country, so I will support one of my generals. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against anyone, but the guy has been my teammate for many years.”
Zuma’s Involvement with Safa
Zuma, who is renowned for his overhead kick goal against Brondby in the final match of the 2001 Superliga Championship, confirmed that he has been actively involved in meetings with Safa. He said, “I have been having a lot of meetings with Safa, they have involved me in a lot of stuff. In as much as they are trying their best in terms of development, something that takes time, we should have done this just after the 2010 World Cup.”
Zuma expressed his vision for the future of South African football, stating, “At the end of the day, the goal is to see our national teams perform – qualify for the Afcon, World Cup and qualify for other tournaments. The goal is to also see our players in top academies and teams in Europe – because fighting each other doesn’t work and will not take us anywhere.”