For­mer Bafana strik­er­phil ‘Chippa’ Masinga dies

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THE SOUTH African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (Safa) led the cho­rus of trib­utes for for­mer Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga who has died aged 49 after an ill­ness.

“Sad day for South African foot­ball. A loyal ser­vant of the game, on and off the field of play,” Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jordaan said in a state­ment on Twit­ter.

Masinga’s Bafana Bafana team­mate also ex­pressed con­do­lences on Twit­ter: “I will miss you my friend my brother. RIP. Con­do­lences to the Masinga fam­ily and we shall meet again brother!”

He won 58 caps for South Africa, help­ing them win the 1996 African Na­tions Cup on home soil in Johannesburg.

English club Leeds said on Twit­ter: “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.”

Masinga played in the Premier League for Leeds for two years after join­ing from Mamelodi Sun­downs in 1994. He went on to score five times in 31 league ap­pear­ances for the El­land Road side.

The Premier Soc­cer League (PSL) yes­ter­day an­nounced that clubs will ob­serve a mo­ment of si­lence to re­mem­ber the life of Masinga. – ANA

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