Bafana Legend Masinga Passes Away

Bafana Legend Masinga Passes Away

Bafana Legend Masinga Passes Away

Former Bafana Bafana forward Phil Chippa Masinga has died aged 49, says the country's football association.

The club announced his passing on social media on Sunday morning, saying: "It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga's passing".

No further details have been announced about Masinga's death.

South Africa's first ever goal in the Africa Cup of Nations came courtesy of none other than Phil Masinga, who got the ball rolling in the successful 1996 campaign with the first of three goals against Cameroon, with Mark Williams and the late John "Shoes" Moshoeu getting the other two.

The president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association‚ Buddha Mathathe, confirmed that Phil passed away in a Parktown hospital.

Although he was a victim of the "boo boys" on a number of occasions, Masinga usually silenced his critics by doing the job on the field of play.

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He played a key role in Bafana Bafana's World Cup-qualifying campaign, scoring the goal that sent South Africa to its first World Cup show piece.

During the same year, the tall striker helped coach Clive Barker's Bafana lift the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations trophy on home soil and it remains the country's only continental trophy triumph to date.

Masinga scored five times in 31 league appearances for Leeds. This is a sad day and I am gutted.

"We've just been hit by the sad news that Bafana Bafana and Jomo Cosmos FC legend‚ Philemon "Chippa" Masinga has passed on". "Football will never forget you".

He will best be remembered for his goal against Congo, which ensured South Africa qualified for their first World Cup appearance in 1998.

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