Former South Africa worldwide Phil Masinga dies at age 49


Masinga made his global debut for South Africa in 1992 in the country's first match after readmission to worldwide football post-apartheid. This is a sad day and I am gutted.

Jordaan said Masinga was an active member of the South African Masters & Legends an affiliate of SAFA adding Chippa never missed any of SAFA meetings.

Though he failed to make the same long-lasting impact in England, he did make Premier League 31 appearances for the club scoring five goals. His goal against Congo which took us to our first World Cup in France in 1998 is still the most celebrated goal in the country to date.

Masinga had been fighting cancer and was admitted to hospital before Christmas.

Retired South Africa captain Lucas Radebe, who played with Masinga at then English top-flight club Leeds United in the 1990s, said the country has lost a "great legend".

Leeds United's Phil Masinga tries a mid air kick at Coventry goal but keeper Steve Ogrizovic punches it away. He played subsequently for Salernitana and Bari in Italy before finishing his playing career with Al Wahda in Abu Dhabi. He was in the team in 1992 when South Africa played its first game after being allowed back into worldwide soccer.

Former Leeds players also paid tribute. "The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends", the club said on Twitter.

"We've just been hit by the sad news that Bafana Bafana and Jomo Cosmos FC legend‚ Philemon "Chippa" Masinga has passed on".

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright wrote: "Rest in Peace Phil".