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Last Updated: Monday, 28 August 2006, 17:33 GMT 18:33 UK
Radebe quits South Africa
Lucas Radebe
Radebe also quit his ambasadorial post
Former South Africa captain Lucas Radebe plans to leave his homeland and return to England after failing to secure a job with the 2010 World Cup hosts.

The defender, who captained his country at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup finals, said he was going back to the city of Leeds, where he played for his entire European club career.

Radebe told the South African media he was disappointed and "tired of waiting for unreliable people" who had allegedly promised him a role in the national team.

"I came home after being told I had a major role to play in the build up but nothing has come of it," he was quoted as saying in Sunday's City Press newspaper.

Radebe also told Monday's Sowetan newspaper that he was quitting a ceremonial role as one of the 2010 World Cup ambassadors just over a month after being unveiled at a ceremony in Germany.

South African Football Association CEO Raymond Hack said he was unaware of any job to be offered to Radebe.

"He was mentioned as someone who could play a role within the team, especially when it came to relating to the players, but I'm not aware he had been offered any job," he said on Monday.

Radebe, who has several lucrative commercial endorsements in South Africa, has been dividing his time between Johannesburg and Leeds, where his wife and children still live.


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