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Radebe to coach at Leeds academy 31/05/04
Former Kaizer Chiefs defender Lucas Radebe is set to help train the youth at the Leeds United academy next season, on route to earning his coaching badge.

'The Chief', as he is known at Leeds, has made no secret of the fact that he would like to be involved in the development of the beautiful game in South Africa.

This is likely to be the first step in what could become a successful coaching career and 'Rhoo' will certainly have his eye on being involved in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
 
The former South African captain has signed a one-year extension with the Yorkshire outfit, despite their relegation from the English Premiership.
 
Radebe's playing career at Leeds came to an abrupt halt following a serious knee injury and the Leeds legend has decided to study coaching in a bid to help the club.
 
"I've already started with my coaching studies and next season I'll be studying for the badge," said the 34-year-old.
 
"To get myself familiar with the job, I'll be involved in coaching at the academy."
 
New Leeds manager Kevin Blackwell added on the club's website: "It was always envisaged that this season Lucas would get involved in training some of the juniors.
 
"He's reached that stage of his career where he needs to look at making the next step. He's starting from the bottom and working his way up as a coach, which I believe is always the way it should be done."
 
Blackwell also believes Radebe will go on to be a great coach, declaring: "Lucas has such a great, enthusiastic personality that will makes him so popular with everybody on the training pitch.
 
"If he can get across that wealth of knowledge he has then I have no doubts he will make a fantastic coach and maybe one day a great manager.
 
"He should enjoy his experience next season and I think a lot of these youngsters will really sit up and take notice of him."

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