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To Elland back: Lucas Radebe on losing his wife, growing up in Soweto and his love for Gary Kelly


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Lucas Radebe shares a smile with former Leeds United team-mate and then Elland Road manager David O’Leary after scoring the winner against Spartak Moscow in the Uefa Cup third round in 1999. Photo: Mark Thompson /Allsport

Lucas Radebe shares a smile with former Leeds United team-mate and then Elland Road manager David O’Leary after scoring the winner against Spartak Moscow in the Uefa Cup third round in 1999. Photo: Mark Thompson /Allsport

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Lucas Radebe shares a smile with former Leeds United team-mate and then Elland Road manager David O’Leary after scoring the winner against Spartak Moscow in the Uefa Cup third round in 1999. Photo: Mark Thompson /Allsport

Lucas Radebe's booming laughter travels from his home in South Africa and loses none of its warmth by the time it reaches the other end of the phone line in Dublin.

"Oh my God," he bellows. "Your accent! It's like Gary Kelly . . . I will always love Kells. He has been one of the most special people in my life."

This now seems like the most obvious place to start.