Soccer legend Phil 'Chippa' Masinga dies

Soccer legend Phil 'Chippa' Masinga dies

The South African Football Association said Masinga died in a Johannesburg hospital from a "cancer related disease" just a month after being diagnosed. "The thoughts of everyone at Leeds are with his family and friends".

No further details have been announced about Masinga's death.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has joined a number of people and organisations in expressing its sadness at the passing of former South African legendary footballer Phil "Chippa" Masinga. "A loyal servant of the game‚ on and off the field of play‚" SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan said on the Bafana Bafana twitter account.

He played a key role in Bafana Bafana's World Cup-qualifying campaign, scoring the goal that sent South Africa to its first World Cup show piece. He formed part of the South Africa squad that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

As the news of Philemon Masinga's passing is still being digested by many around the world, it is befitting to look at the former Bafana Bafana icon's colourful career.

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Masinga left for Swiss side St Gallen in 1996 and went on to play for Salernitana and Bari in Italy.

The forward arrived at Elland Road in 1994, in a deal which also saw club legend Lucas Radebe move to Yorkshire. "Football will never forget you".

Former Leeds team-mate Noel Whelan tweeted: "Really sad news to learn that a guy I spent so much time with, laughs and games together, has passed away".

He will best be remembered for his goal against Congo, which ensured South Africa qualified for their first World Cup appearance in 1998.

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