Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga has died

Leeds United: Phil Masinga dies aged 49 | Daily Star

Phil Masinga: Ex-Leeds and South Africa striker dies aged 49

Soccer Laduma sends their deepest condolences to family and friends of the late Masinga.

After coming through the ranks at Jomo Cosmos, Masinga applied his trade at Mamelodi Sundowns and Leeds United in England.

"We have lost a giant of South African Football, this is a sad day for our football", said Jordaan who was the first to break the news of Masinga's death on Sunday.

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.

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.

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"I am really gutted".

Leeds United's Phil Masinga tries a mid air kick at Coventry goal but keeper Steve Ogrizovic punches it away.

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

"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".

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Many people took to Twitter to reminisce about "Chippa".

Former Leeds players also paid tribute. I'll never forget Phil and the chief arriving at #ER full of smiles and hope....and thermals!

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright wrote: "Rest in Peace Phil".

The legend will definitely be fondly remembered for his vital contribution during the 1998 Fifa World Cup qualifying campaign.

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