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Radebe ponders coaching role 04/05/05
Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe has revealed he is considering a coaching role at Leeds after being approached about the possibility by manager Kevin Blackwell.

The popular 36-year-old, who marked the end of a hugely successful 11-year stint with Leeds in front of nearly 38,000 fans who turned up at Elland Road for his testimonial on Monday, is also mulling over several other opportunities.

He said: "I've had a word with the gaffer (Blackwell) and he said he will create something for me," said Radebe, who made 261 appearances for Leeds after being signed by former boss Howard Wilkinson from Kaiser Chiefs in September 1994.

"I have to let him know my whereabouts, so we will see what happens."

Radebe has also been courted by officials from the South African Football Association, who are keen to see him lead his nation as coach at the 2010 World Cup, which will be staged in his homeland.

"Yes, there are expectations. There were a few South Africa people here from the FA," he said. "They wanted me to get involved earlier, but I've stalled them because I had a job to finish at Leeds."

Radebe, who has managed only two games for Leeds this season after rupturing an Achilles tendon against Wolves in August last year and then suffering medial ligament damage, also revealed the game's world governing body FIFA and former club Kaiser Chiefs were in the queue for his services too.

He added: "Long-term for me the Kaisers are an option and I'd like to be a part of them - but I don't know, I will leave my options open.

"FIFA have been in touch. I have a couple of invitations in the next couple of weeks to meet up and we'll see what comes out."

Radebe, who won 70 caps for South Africa and captained them at both France 98 and Japan and South Korea 2002, confirmed he will also continue with his charity work.

He is hoping his testimonial would raise £500,000 for several of his chosen causes.

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