World foot­ball mourns SA leg­end Big Phil

Sowetan - - Sport - Go­molemo Motshwane

English club Leeds United led the in­ter­na­tional foot­ball com­mu­nity in pay­ing homage to the late Phil Masinga. Masinga, who was 49, only spent two sea­sons at the York­shire club be­tween 1994 and 1996 af­ter sign­ing from Mamelodi Sun­downs. “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,” Leeds tweeted. Arse­nal leg­end Ian Wright also re­mem­bered the late star. “Rest in Peace Phil. We’ll never for­get your goal that took South Africa to their first World Cup in 1998. A leg­end of SA foot­ball loved by @LUFC and Sun­downs fans around the world,” Wright wrote. Fifa also tweeted a pic­ture of Masinga along these words: “Our thoughts are with the fam­ily and friends of Phil Masinga, the man whose goal se­cured South Africa’s qual­i­fi­ca­tion to France 1998, the coun­try’s first #World­Cup.” Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jor­daan also sent his con­do­lences to the Masinga fam­ily For­mer Zam­bia star Kalusha Bwalya tweeted: “Rest In Peace my brother.” -

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