Soccer legend Phil 'Chippa' Masinga dies

Clive Barker and Philemon Masinga

Clive Barker and Philemon Masinga

The South African played for Leeds United between 1994 and 1996.

"Chippa" was reportedly on his way to recovery, but the South African Football Association (Safa) has announced on Sunday that the former Mamelodi Sundowns striker has passed away.

No further details have been released about his death.

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.

"It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga's passing", said a statement from the Elland Road club.

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Masinga joined Swiss side St Gallen in 1996 and later moved to Italian sides Salernitana and Bari.

"We have lost a giant of South African Football, this is a sad day for our football", said Jordaan.

"I am really gutted".

Soccer Laduma sends their deepest condolences to family and friends of the late Masinga. His goal against Congo which took us to our first World Cup in France in 1998 is still the most celebrated goal in the country to date. "Football will never forget you".

Former Ghana worldwide footballer Anthony Baffoe also shared his sadness saying: "We have lost another hero-Phil Masinga just passed away-Rest well Phil. May his soul rest in peace".

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