Stir­ring trib­utes to ‘Chippa’ Masinga

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THE­SA­Foot­ball­As­so­ci­a­tion­(Safa)­leda­string­of­stir­ring­trib­utes­to­Bafana­Bafanale­gend­ Phil­ “Chippa”­ Masinga,­ whopassed­away­yes­ter­day­at­the­age­of­49.

The­for­mer­striker­died­of­a­can­cer-re­lated­dis­ease­at­a­Johannesburg­hos­pi­tal.

­He­was­ad­mit­ted­to­Tshe­p­ong­Hospi­talin­Klerks­dorp­two­months­ago­be­fore­hewas­trans­ferred­to­a­Johannesburg­hos­pi­tal­last­ month­ where­ he­ was­ di­ag­nosed­with­can­cer.

Safa­ pres­i­dent­ Danny­ Jordaan­ de­scribed­Masinga­as­a­rare­breed.­“We­havelost­a­gi­ant­of­South­African­foot­ball,­thi­sis­a­sad­day­for­our­foot­ball,”­said­Jordaan,who­was­the­first­to­break­the­news­ofMasinga’s­death.­“I­am­re­ally­gut­ted.­I­saw­ him­last­Sun­day­be­fore­I­flew­to­Dakarand­al­though­he­was­not­feel­ing­well,­hewas­in­good­spir­its­and­I­promised­to­vis­ithim­again­some­time­this­week­and­nowour­hero­is­gone.”

Masinga­ helped­ Bafana­ win­ the­ 1996Africa­Cup­of­Na­tions­and­se­cure­qual­i­fi­ca­tion­to­the­1998­World­Cup­in­France. He­was­born­on­June­28,­1969­in­Klerks­dor­pin­ the­ North­ West­ and­ played­ for,among­oth­ers,­Jomo­Cos­mos,­Leeds­United­in­Eng­land,­Saint­Gallen­in­Switzer­land,­FC­Bari­in­Italy­and­Saler­ni­tana.

—­Wit­ness­Re­porter.

PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES

The late Phil Masinga (left) with Safa pres­i­dent Danny Jordaan in a file pic­ture.

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