Twitter reacts with shock following passing of Bafana legend Phil Masinga

Carrie Guzman
January 13, 2019

Legendary former Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga has passed away at the age of 49 after a short illness.

Masinga played for Leeds between 1994 and 1996 and also had spells at St Gallen in Switzerland and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.

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

"The thoughts of everyone at LUFC are with his family and friends".

The president of the South African Football Association, Danny Jordan, said: "Sad day for South African football".

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Masinga was a key part of the Bafana Bafana side which won the African Cup of Nations in 1996, and which finished runners-up two years later.

"I am really gutted".

He is remembered for scoring the goal that helped Bafana qualify for their first World Cup. His goal against Congo which took us to our first World Cup in France in 1998 is still the most celebrated goal in the country to date.

Bafana Bafana legend Philemon "Chippa" Masinga has passed away. "Football will never forget you".

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

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