Tributes pour for Ex-Leeds & Bafana ace Masinga dies aged 49
Africa Focus By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 14/01/2019
Tributes pour in for Former Leeds and Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga, who died on Sunday at the aged of 49 in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer, the national football association said in a statement.Ex-South Africa captain Lucas Radebe leads the former players and clubs to pay tribute to Masinga whom they played together at Elland Road between 1994 and 1996 and also had spells at St Gallen in Switzerland and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.Radebe told BBC "He lost his fight against cancer this morning which is very, very sad for us as a football fraternity."We are mourning the loss of a great legend."Phil was a big hit with the team and the players. I looked up to him and I think he inspired me the most. It was absolutely great the way he adapted to the situation."He was easy to get along with and he was most respected at the club as a person."Football Association president Danny Jordaan said: "We have lost a giant of South African football. This is a sad day and I am gutted."I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar (for Confederation of African Football activities) and although Phil was not feeling well, he was in good spirits."Before saying goodbye, I promised 'Chippa' that I would visit him again sometime this week and now our hero has gone."
Rest in Peace Phil. We'll never forget your goal that took South Africa to their first World Cup in 1998. A legend of South African football and loved by @LUFC and Sundowns fans around the world. #RIPPhilMasinga pic.twitter.com/622n0cE4Au— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) January 13, 2019
Shocked and saddened to hear the News of Phil Masinga passing away at such a young age. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and @LucasRadebe who I know will be devastated at losing his pal #RIP #LUFC #gonetoosoon— Dominic Matteo (@Dominicmatteo21) January 13, 2019
We love to remember you with a big smile and a white jersey on! R.I.P. Phil 🙏🙏💛💙 pic.twitter.com/yfV8rwsANp— Andrea Radrizzani (@andrearadri) January 13, 2019
My tribute to Chippaldinho Masinga for paving the way for me and what he did for SA football ⚽️ Legend may your soul Rest In Peace. Gone but most definitely not Forgotten 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/EyGoFxm00d— Benni McCarthy (@bennimccarthy17) January 13, 2019
We have lost another hero-Phil Masinga just passed away-Rest well Phil..May your soul rest in perfect peace 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/DlTNeJXDXw— Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) January 13, 2019
@BafanaBafana legend Phil Masinga has passed on.MHSRIP pic.twitter.com/SCz0c9yxcQ — Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) January 13, 2019
Very sad news for South African football,we lost a true football legend in Phil”Chippa”Masinga.He paved the way for all South African footballers in the Uk. That goal at Fnb stadium that took us to our 1st World Cup will always be on my https://t.co/lls4za2pAc Legend 🙏— Steven Pienaar (@therealstevenpi) January 13, 2019
Devastating news about Phil Masinga,he was a great member of the changing room probably closest to Yobo and Lucas but always laughing with Kells Noel Sharpy Andy C and Mark Tinkler. Quiet guy we all loved and respected him and his ability. RIP Phil gone too soon friend . pic.twitter.com/EKqfEit3GV— Brian Deane (@deanobri1968) January 13, 2019
Masinga made 31 league appearances for Leeds, scoring five goals and find back of the net 18 times in 58 matches for South African between 1992 and 2001.
He took us to our first world cup,,RIP legend pic.twitter.com/cZ1QpXLOse— Lerato Lerato (@LeratoL38216690) January 13, 2019