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THE BIG CHIEF

Posted on 20 July 2007  - 12:00

Paul Robinson has fond memories of his last trip to South Africa and the final international of 'The Chief' - Bafana Bafana legend and his former team-mate Lucas Radebe.

Paul Robinson has fond memories of his last trip to South Africa and the final international of 'The Chief' - Bafana Bafana legend and his former team-mate Lucas Radebe.

Like his team-mate Jermaine Jenas, Robbo was part of the England squad that travelled to Durban for the friendly international in May, 2003.

Also like JJ, Robbo was in his fledgling England career and came on as a second half substitute for David James in England's 2-1 win at the ABSA Stadium – home of our first match in the Vodacom Challenge against Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday (July 21, kick-off 2.15pm UK).

But the match had further significance for Robbo as it was the last of Radebe's 70 caps for Bafana Bafana.

Radebe actually played for Kaizer Chiefs between 1990-94 - the pop band, all Leeds fans, were named after that link - before moving to Elland Road, where he stayed until the end of his career in 2005.

The pair spent six seasons together before Robbo’s switch to Spurs in May, 2004, so it was no surprise that the international four years ago remains memorable for England’s number one.

“It was a special occasion for me as it was Lucas Radebe’s last game for South Africa, so it had real significance,” he reflected. “For me to play 45 minutes in the game with someone who I spent such a lot of my club career with was great.

“Lucas was brilliant and just kept going – he had the longest career ever!

“He was genuinely a great footballer and one of the nicest men you’ll ever meet, one of football’s genuine nice guys. I can’t think of a bad word to say about him, even in the bad days, a real miserable day, Lucas was always smiling.

“He was a top player, a great servant to Leeds and obviously to South African football.”

Robbo can’t wait to get back into the almost unique atmosphere of football in South Africa.

“They love their football in South Africa and that’s one of the reasons they won the bid to stage the World Cup in 2010, which we’re all looking forward to hopefully qualifying for and playing in,” he added.

“It’s a wonderful atmosphere to play football in and it will be a different experience for a lot of the lads. It will also be excellent preparation for our season.”

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