A dark cloud is hanging over the South African football circle after the passing away of former Bafana Bafana striker, Philemon “Chippa” Masinga.
Masinga whose career started at Jomo Cosmos was influential during Bafana Bafana’s team of 1996 that lifted their first ever CAF Africa’s Cup of Nations under Clive “The Dog” Barker was confirmed to have died early today at Parktown hospital in Johannesburg after a long illness. He was transferred to this hospital from Tshepong hospital in his hometown of Klerksdorp a month ago.
Masinga who had more than 50 caps in the national team to his credit stirred Bafana’s road to their first ever FIFA World Cup in France in 1998 when he scored a winning goal against Congo Brazaville.
It was after that world cup that the 49 year-old landed a contract in England at Leeds United which was captained by fellow country-man, Lucas “Rhoo” Radebe in the late 90s. He also played in Italy and Switzerland.