Both South Africa Football Association (SAFA) and English League club, Leeds United, have announced the death of former striker, Phil Masinga who died on Sunday, aged 49.
Masinga was admitted in Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp two months ago before being transferred to a Johannesburg hospital last month where he was diagnosed with cancer.
“We have lost a giant of South African Football, this is a sad day for our football,” said SAFA President, Jordaan who was the first to break the news of Masinga’s passing away on Sunday.
His former club in England which he joined from Mamelodi Sundowns followed up with a message from its twitter handle.
“It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga’s passing. The thoughts of everyone at LUFC are with his family and friends.”
The SAFA President visited Masinga with his SAFA National Executive Committee last Sunday before flying out to Dakar, Senegal and said he didn’t look too well but didn’t expect him to ‘leave us so soon.”
“I am really gutted. I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar and although he was not feeling well, he was in good spirits and I promised to visit him again sometime this week and now our hero is gone,” added a somber Dr Jordaan.
“Phil was a loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play. His goal against Congo which took us (South Africa) to our first World Cup in France in 1998, is still the most celebrated goal in the country to date,” he said.
The SAFA President said Masinga was an active member of the South African Masters & Legends an affiliate of SAFA adding Chippa never missed any of SAFA meetings.