Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Bafana Legend Masinga Passes Away

Bafana Legend Masinga Passes Away

Legendary former Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga has passed away at the age of 49 after a short illness.

Buddha Mathathe‚ the president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association‚ told SowetanLIVE that Masinga passed away at a Parktown hospital on Sunday morning after a long illness.

"Phil was a loyal servant of the game‚ on and off the field of play".

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.

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He is remembered for scoring the goal that helped Bafana qualify for their first World Cup.

The forward arrived at Elland Road in 1994, in a deal which also saw club legend Lucas Radebe move to Yorkshire.

With tributes pouring in from family, friends, Safa, supporters and former clubs such as Leeds, the details of his funeral are yet to be announced.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Bayana Bayana striker Thembi Kgatlana has clinched her maiden Africa Women's Footballer of the Year ahead of Nigeria's Asisat Oshoala and Francisca Ordega. He was just 49 years old.

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