“Soccer can be very cruel”, says Lucas ‘Rhoo’ Radebe. “You can easily be distracted in this career.”
Chatting to former Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Leeds United Captain at Multichoice, where the soccer icon was introduced as a mentor for Disney XD’s soccer-themed series,11.
“When I was approached to be part of this, I got very excited. I don’t normally get excited, but kids excite me and when I realise that it’s all about mentoring and being given an opportunity to contribute to the future of soccer in this country, I said: ‘YES!’,” Radebe reveals.
Before chatting about how he plans to share his skills with these aspiring young soccer players, we had a quick banter about the teams we support.
Being a Kaizer Chiefs supporter, he was in stitches when he learned I’m a Pirates fan (still sensitive after our shocking loss to SuperSport on the weekend).
“If I had know you were a Pirates fan, I would have reconsidered the interview. You should move to a winning team,” he teases.
We move on as soon as he contained his laughter.
How will the program help improve the state of soccer in Mzansi.
“Things have changed now. Football is young and fast and there’s too much money in it, which means the lifestyle and focus have changed altogether. Now the goal has shifted from improving the talent to monetary benefit,” he reveals.
Radebe insists that for him “it wasn’t all about the money”, it was the values that he’s learnt from the game: hard work, respect, tolerance and developing others.
“As a footballer you have to long to have an impact and the respect. It’s not only about winning trophies and driving nice cars and living in big houses, it’s about giving back to the community and bringing change to the society,” he adds.
In conjunction with DStv, Disney is giving young South Africans a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to win an exclusive mentoring session with one of Mzansi’s best footballers.
The winner and up to 10 of their friends will spend a day with the soccer legend, who will share his insights and skills while putting them through their paces.
“We are thrilled that Lucas has come on board to lend his immense talent to the local filming and mentorship for Disney’s 11,” said Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa.
“Drawing on themes of personal adventure, skills transfer and sport in this unique, proudly South African content is a great compliment to Disney XD’s brand new series.”
To stand a chance of winning your dream mentorship with Lucas Radebe, log on to www.dstv.com/win.
Competition is open till July 10.
* Disney 11 airs weekday from 16:50 on Disney XD (DStv, Channel 304).