South African footballer Masinga dead

Former South Africa footballer Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga,is dead he died on Sunday at the age of 49 after battling with cancer , the national football association said in a statement.

Philemon Masinga 

 Retired South Africa captain Lucas Radebe, who played with Masinga at Leeds United in the 1990s, said the country has lost a “great legend”. “For us, as Africans, it was a great experience,”
 Radebe told the BBC. “We were not used to the weather and we struggled a little bit — we kept each other warm at times. “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 leaving for 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 but I couldn't fulfill my promise because our hero left before I could get back.

 Former Leeds team-mate Noel Whelan tweeted: “Really sad news to learn that a guy I spent so much time, laughter and games with, has passed away. “He was not just a friend and strike partner but one of the nicest, kindest guys I’ve met, was a pleasure and privilege to have known and played with you Phil.”
 A formidable forward, he scored the lone goal that beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in Soweto and took Bafana Bafana (The Boys) to the 1998 World Cup in France.
 Masinga was part of the South African ‘golden generation’ that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations just four years after an international ban was lifted.
He played for local clubs Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns before moving abroad in 1994 to join Leeds. Masinga also played for St Gallen, Salernitana, Bari and Al Wahda in the United Arab Emirates.

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