Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga has passed away

Phil Masinga during his playing days for Bafana Bafana

Phil Masinga during his playing days for Bafana Bafana

By Paul Nyathi|Legendary South African footballer Philmon Malinga has died.

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

Masinga was a huge name in South African football after becoming one of the first players to establish himself in the top leagues in Europe.

Masinga was signed for Leeds by then manager Howard Wilkinson at the same time as his compatriot Lucas Radebe and went on to score five times in 31 league appearances for the Elland Road side.

He also managed to net a hat-trick in an FA Cup clash with Walsall in 1995.

Phil Masinga in action for Leeds United during his time at the Elland Road club
Phil Masinga in action for Leeds United during his time at the Elland Road club

He won 58 caps and scored 18 goals for his country, including the memorable strike against Congo that sent South Africa to the 1998 World Cup for the first time.

In total he made 58 global appearances for his country, scoring 18 goals.

"Chippa" was reportedly on his way to recovery, but the South African Football Association (Safa) has announced on Sunday that the former Mamelodi Sundowns striker has passed away. Our legend is gone.

'He is no ordinary legend, he was an global legend'.

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