Johannesburg, Jan 14: Soccer Legend and former Bafana Bafana international star yesterday died in Hospital after a long battle with undisclosed sickness. Tributes were pouring yesterday on all SA media platforms and other foreign media from fans, coaches and former co- players to celebrate the life and legend of the fallen soccer star.
A special tribute from former Bafana Bafana footballer and currently the Head coach of Cape Town City Football club, Berni McCarthy who has a legacy in South African soccer of being a top scorer with 31 goals and the first and only South African to win UEFA Champions League.
McCarthy attributed Masinga as Chippaldinho in his twitter handle, acknowledging him for paving the way to the international soccer arena.
Philemon Masinga formerly known died in Hospital after a long battle with undisclosed illness and will be sadly missed by long lived fans and former co-players in the Bafana- Bafana soccer team. Masinga travelled the world during his time as a soccer player and paving the way for many South African soccer stars to ply their trade in in England.
He was a former striker for Jomo-Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns, US Salernitana 1919, FC St. Gallen 1879, SSC Bari and Al-Wahda FC Abu Dhabi, before retiring from the beautiful game in 2002. He also played along well knows SA soccer legends like Mark Fish, Shaun Bartlett, Helman Mkalele, retired footballer, Lucas Radebe and David Nyathi.
Masinga made his international debut in July 1992 against Cameroon; this was South Africa’s first match following the end of apartheid and readmitting the team to international football. He also saw Bafana-Bafana squad qualify for African Cup of Nations in 1992 against Zambia and won the CAF cup in 1996.
His soccer career gained momentum in the country during the 1990’s and had groups like TKZee compose a song in their 1998 single titled “Shibobo” and collaborated with soccer legend Benni McCarthy and in the lyrics great Bafana players were attributed including Philemon Masinga.
Messages have since been outpouring on social media with many people sending condolence messages to his family friends. It is a great loss to the South African sporting legacy and to soo many who were close to him regarded Masinga as a family orientated man who was a great example to them of what family means.
By Ziyanda Yono