Radebe pays tribute to "hero" Phil Masinga

Arnold Nichols
January 14, 2019

"I am really gutted". Former Bafana Bafana striker, Phil Masinga, who was a member of the class of '96 that won the country's only Africa Cup of Nations title has lost his battle with cancer.

Radebe went on to captain Leeds and become one of the club's all-time greats, but only arrived at Elland Road to make Masinga's move to West Yorkshire easier.

Masinga played for Leeds between 1994 and 1996 making 31 appearances and scoring five goals.

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

He had previously been reported to have been recovering well after being admitted to hospital in December with an undisclosed illness, and was transferred last month from a hospital in his home town of Klerksdorp to one in Johannesburg.

Now in the fourth tier of Italian soccer, Bari players held a minute's silence for Masinga at their match on Sunday. Nine goals in his first season were followed by only two in his second, although one finish helped Leeds into the final of the League Cup in 1996 but having failed to meet United Kingdom work-permit requirements, Masinga was sold to St Gallen in Switzerland later that summer.

Masinga's former Leeds team-mates also paid emotional tributes to the striker. The passing years, however, have cast him as a loyal servant to the country's national side. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends'. "Football will never forget you".

"We've just been hit by the sad news that Bafana Bafana and Jomo Cosmos FC legend‚ Philemon "Chippa" Masinga has passed on. May your soul rest in ideal peace".

Masinga will forever be remembered for scoring the famous goal against the Republic of the Congo to send Bafana to the 1998 World Cup.

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