There’s a special feeling when football fans show appreciation to one of their own, and South African football Legend Lucas Radebe can certainly say he felt such deep emotions when a fan from his old club, Leeds United, hit him up on twitter.
Per Nonkululeko Njilo [Sunday Times] In Leeds, footballer Lucas Radebe is so popular that even now, 14 years after he left the UK club, fans are still naming their children after him.
In his piece, Njilo described how Leeds fans who had named their kids after the defender reacted to the latest addition as well as the Legend’s responded to the revelations.
The Article reads in part:
Radebe was astonished this week after fan George Bull posted a picture of himself and his newborn baby on Twitter, announcing he was naming his child after Radebe, also known as “The Chief” in Yorkshire.
“Wow, brilliant hope all is well,” the star responded.
Bull’s tweet prompted several other people to share pictures of their sons, whom they, too, had named after Radebe.
— George Bull (@LUFCbully) August 4, 2019
— Liam Anderson (@Liam_Anders21) August 4, 2019
This is my Lucas. pic.twitter.com/t0c6WIBXRI
— Two R’s (@Lorrimer) August 4, 2019
— Ritchie💙💛 (@vaughans10) August 4, 2019
The support shown to Radebe from UK fans left some users questioning whether South Africans appreciated him enough. “I am jealous, it seems like English people appreciate Lucas Radebe more than us South Africans,” tweeted Chris Mayimele.
This must be humbling Rhoo, you really are a legend and we as the country are proud of you
— #ThulaMonica🇿🇦 (@SboMncwang) August 5, 2019