SA soc­cer leg­end Masinga mourned

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Soc­cer lovers took to so­cial me­dia on Sun­day to mourn the pass­ing of Bafana Bafana leg­end Phil “Chippa” Masinga.

The 49-year-old Masinga lost a long bat­tle with can­cer and died in a Johannesburg hos­pi­tal on Sun­day morn­ing.

Fans‚ coaches‚ for­mer play­ers‚ col­leagues and the me­dia took to Twit­ter to pay trib­ute to Masinga after the con­fir­ma­tion of his pass­ing.

“The man whose goal se­cured SA’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion to France 1998‚ the coun­try’s first #WorldCup‚” said the of­fi­cial Twit­ter ac­count of the Fifa World Cup.

“Our thoughts are with the fam­ily and friends of Phil Masinga who has passed away, aged 49.”

Leeds United‚ his for­mer English club‚ also paid trib­ute.

“It is with great sad­ness that the club has learnt of for­mer striker Phil Masinga’s pass­ing. The thoughts of ev­ery­one at #LUFC are with his fam­ily and friends‚” the club tweeted.

“We’ve just been hit by the sad news that Bafana Bafana and Jomo Cos­mos FC leg­end‚ Phile­mon ‘Chippa’ Masinga has passed on. May his gen­tle soul rest in Per­fect Peace‚” his for­mer club Jomo Cos­mos tweeted.

“Sad day for South African foot­ball. A loyal ser­vant of the game‚ on and off the field of play‚” Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jordaan said on the Bafana Bafana Twit­ter ac­count.

Masinga won 58 caps for Bafana‚ help­ing coach Clive Barker’s troops to win the African Na­tions Cup at FNB Sta­dium in 1996.

The foot­ball world mourned the shock pass­ing of Bafana Bafana leg­end Phil “Chippa” Masinga on Sun­day.

The 49-year-old Masinga lost a long bat­tle with can­cer at a Johannesburg hos­pi­tal on Sun­day morn­ing.

South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) pres­i­dent Danny Jordaan joined the foot­ball world in re­mem­ber­ing and mourn­ing Masinga.

A stunned Jordaan de­scribed the like­able and pop­u­lar for­mer player’s pass­ing as a sad day for the sport.

“We have lost a gi­ant of South African foot­ball.

“This is a sad day for our foot­ball‚” Jordaan said.

Masinga was ad­mit­ted to the Tshe­p­ong Hos­pi­tal in Klerks­dorp in De­cem­ber be­fore he was trans­ferred to a Johannesburg hos­pi­tal, where he was di­ag­nosed with can­cer.

Jordaan vis­ited him with mem­bers of his ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee last week be­fore fly­ing out to Dakar‚ Sene­gal‚ and said he didn’t look too well but didn’t ex­pect him to “leave us so soon”.

“I am re­ally gut­ted.

“I saw him last Sun­day be­fore I flew to Dakar and al­though he was not feel­ing well‚ he was in good spir­its and I promised to visit him again some­time this week and now our hero is gone‚” Jordaan said.

“Phil was a loyal ser­vant of the game‚ on and off the field of play.

“His goal against Congo which took us [SA] to our first World Cup in France in 1998 is still the most cel­e­brated goal in the coun­try to date‚” he said.

Masinga was an ac­tive mem­ber the South African Mas­ters and Leg­ends Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion and his pres­i­dent Bud­dha Mathathe was stunned after the fam­ily in­formed him of his pass­ing.

“He is gone. Our leg­end is gone ... It is not right‚” an emo­tional Mathathe said on Sun­day morn­ing.

“It is such tragic loss for the fam­ily and for the en­tire coun­try.

“He is no or­di­nary leg­end‚ he was an in­ter­na­tional leg­end.”

Masinga was born on 28 June 1969 in Klerks­dorp in the North West and played for var­i­ous clubs in­clud­ing Mamelodi Sun­downs‚ Jomo Cos­mos‚ Leeds United‚ Saint Gal­liens in Switzer­land‚ FC Bari and Saler­ni­tana in Italy.

Leeds United tweeted soon after the pass­ing of the foot­ball leg­end: “It is with great sad­ness that the club has learnt of for­mer striker Phil Masinga’s pass­ing.

“The thoughts of ev­ery­one at #LUFC are with his fam­ily and friends.”

Con­fed­er­a­tion of African Foot­ball deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral An­thony Baf­foe took to Twit­ter on Sun­day and posted: “We have lost an­other hero – Phil Masinga just passed away.

“Rest well Phil. May your soul rest in per­fect peace.”

PHIL MASINGA

HERO: Phil Masinga

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