African Football Legend Phil Masinga Dies


Former Bafana Bafana forward Phil Chippa Masinga has died aged 49, says the country's football association. "The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends‚" the club tweeted.

No details about his death have been announced.

Philemon Masinga, or Big Phil as some knew him, was the lesser in footballing terms of the South African duo signed by Leeds United in 1994 but his larger-than-life character made its own impression in England.

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Buddha Mathathe‚ the president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association‚ told TimesLIVE that Phil Masinga passed away at a Parktown hospital on Sunday morning after a long illness.

Masinga made his debut for Bafana Bafana in July 1992 against Cameroon after the rainbow nation were readmitted into worldwide football by FIFA at the end of Apartheid. Former Bafana Bafana striker, Phil Masinga, who was a member of the class of '96 that won the country's only Africa Cup of Nations title has lost his battle with cancer.

As it turned out, Masinga was at Leeds for two years while Radebe stayed nine and went on to captain the club and make more than 200 appearances.

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Masinga also played for Leeds in the English Premiership in the 1990's, along with Lucas Radebe.

Anthony Baffoe, deputy secretary general of the African football confederation, wrote: "We have lost another hero in Phil Masinga".

With the very sad news of his passing, we take a look at some of Chippa's finest strikes. "May your soul rest in ideal peace".

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Perhaps his most famous, however, was the one that saw South Africa qualify for the 1998 World Cup.