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Madiba's Boys

The Stories of Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish

A Top Ten Sportsbook in the UK

Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish are two of South Africa's

greatest footballers. It is also the story of a country in

transition. Madiba's Boys takes us from the early years

of the two players, one black and one white, from

football played with rolled-up old socks on the dusty

veld, to the glamour and passion of the English

Premiership and the World Cup. It traces the struggle

for liberation in the township of Diepkloof, and the

backlash of apartheid Pretoria, to the establishment of

a democratic state. We follow Mark's and Lucas's

efforts for Bafana Bafana, at times heroic, at times

controversial, as they steer their national side from African soccer baby to giant in less than a decade.

Publishing information:

South Africa | New Africa Books, 2001

United Kingdom | Comerford & Miller, 2001


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Brilliant... The biographical detail is often fascinating... Better than that, this is also a social history of a country coming to terms with itself after years of violent political upheaval... This is not just a the-ball-came-over-and-I-hit-it biography – it is a fully fledged human drama with an incredible backdrop.”

Total Football

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“In its portrayal of a changing South Africa and of the difficulty in adapting the unfamiliar, sometimes racist England, this is a worthy read.”

 The Independent (London)

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