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."

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.