Radebe in, Fish out
By Adam Marshall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The former Bafana Bafana skipper had looked virtually certain to miss out on Japan and Korea after struggling to recover from knee and ankle injuries.
Indeed, there was even some doubt as to the likelihood of the 33-year-old ever playing top class football again.
Yet he has done enough to secure a place in Jomo Sono's final 23, ahead of Charlton Athletic stopper Mark Fish.
The former Lazio centre-back has also been struggling with injury, and will not be travelling to the Far East.
Sono will choose between Radebe, Hans Vonk and Andre Arendse for the captain's armband.
Leeds ace Radebe has only played just over half an hour in Gary Kelly's testimonial for Leeds recently, and an appearance in South Africa's friendly with Madagascar. These are his only competitive performances in the last 15 months.
Santos striker Bradley August will be disappointed not to have made the party, particularly as Charlton's Sean Bartlett was already ruled out through injury.
Ajax's Steven Pienaar instead got the nod.
Calvin Marlin (Ajax Cape Town), Hans Vonk (Heerenveen), Andre Arendse (Santos); Aaron Mokoena (Germinal Beerschot), Pierre Issa (Watford), Thabang Molefe (Cosmos), Matthew Booth (Sundowns), Lucas Radebe (Leeds), Cyril Nzama (Kaizer Chiefs), Bradley Carnell (Stuttgart); Sibusiso Zuma (FC Copenhagen), Jabu Pule (Kaizer Chiefs), McDonald Mukansi (Lokomotiv Sofia), McBeth Sibaya (Cosmos), Thabo Mngomeni (Orlando Pirates), Bennet Mnguni (Lokomotiv Moscow), Delron Buckley (Bochum), Quinton Fortune (Manchester United); Steven Pienaar (Ajax), Teboho Mokoena (St Gallen), Siyabonga Nomvete (Udinese), Benni McCarthy (Celta Vigo), George Koumantarakis (Basle).