Super excited at World Travel Market in London this morning to meet one of my heroes, former South Africa and Leeds United captain Lucas Radebe.
The Chief was on the South Africa stand at the show, promoting the country’s 2010 World Cup campaign and took five minutes for a picture, some recommendations on where I should go on honeymoon next month and his thoughts on Leeds United.
The former centre half who spent a decade at Elland Road said the Garden Route was a sure-fire hit for the honeymoon but he also urged me to go and see his old team the Kaizer Chiefs.
On his beloved Leeds United, he said the club’s predicament was sad but that he believed Leeds are back on the way up. He did say he had not them team play this season: ‘I’m aiming to go back up soon,’ he said. ‘But there’s no one there I really know any more.’
It was good to see Lucas happily smiling after losing his wife Feziwe to bowel cancer last year and his own mystery illness earlier this year. He has launched a charity fund in her honour and also does stellar work with the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation.