Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga has died

Phil Masinga during the 2018 SAFA Press Conference at the SAFA House, Johannesburg on 26 July 2018.
Phil Masinga during the 2018 SAFA Press Conference at the SAFA House, Johannesburg on 26 July 2018.
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Buddha Mathathe‚ the president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association‚ told TimesLIVE that Phil Masinga passed away at a Parktown hospital on Sunday morning after a long illness.

“He is gone. Our legend is gone…….It is not right‚” said an emotional Mathathe on Sunday morning.

“It is such tragic loss for the family and for the entire country. “He is no ordinary legend‚ he was an international legend.”

Masinga was admitted into Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp last month and then later moved to Parktown.

The lanky 49-year-old earned more than 50 caps for Bafana and it was his scintillating goal from 30 yards against Congo that got SA to a maiden appearance at the World Cup in 1998.

Masinga‚ played in England‚ Switzerland‚ Italy‚ Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Leeds United‚ Jomo Cosmos‚ among many others‚ was also part of the Bafana squad that won the African Nations Cup in 1996.

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