Former Bafana Bafana striker, Philemon “Chippa” Masinga passed away on Sunday 13 January 2019.
The lanky striker who played his club football for Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns, Leeds United, St Gallen, Salernitana, Bari and Al-Wahda lost his battle with cancer at the age of 49. He scored 18 goals in 58 appearances for the national team and will be fondly remembered for his cracking strike in the 1-0 win over Congo which saw South Africa qualify for their first ever FIFA World Cup. Here are the messages of support from all over the world.
The man whose goal secured South Africa’s qualification to France 1998, the country’s first #WorldCup.
Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Phil Masinga who has passed away aged 49. pic.twitter.com/VLyfNK2eSy
— FIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) January 13, 2019
This how I’ll always remember Phil Masinga sending us to the 1998 world cup in France with a Screemer of a goal🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/xhkxRIE52C
— Lord Jobe👑 (@cpha_cthole) January 13, 2019
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 pic.twitter.com/d0H0EO8idl
— Leeds United (@LUFC) January 13, 2019
Rest in Peace Phil. We’ll never forget your goal that took South Africa to their first World Cup in 1998. A legend of South African football and loved by @LUFC and Sundowns fans around the world. #RIPPhilMasinga pic.twitter.com/622n0cE4Au
— Ian Wright (@IanWright0) January 13, 2019
My tribute to Chippaldinho Masinga for paving the way for me and what he did for SA football ⚽️ Legend may your soul Rest In Peace. Gone but most definitely not Forgotten 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽 pic.twitter.com/EyGoFxm00d
— Benni McCarthy (@bennimccarthy17) January 13, 2019
To hear you have gone my brother my friend PHIL MASINGA saddens me more than you can imagine…I thank you for the awesome memories on and off the field…Condolences to the Masinga family and May Phil’s soul Rest In Peace…We shall meet again my teammate for life…love you!!
— Mark Fish (@markfish74) January 13, 2019
We are saddened by the news of the passing of former @BafanaBafana striker Phil Masinga. South African football has lost one of its most favourite sons. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends & the football fraternity.
☠️🏆🇿🇦🏆☠️#RIPPhilMasinga #OnceAlways pic.twitter.com/sD8KpGfFoP
— Orlando Pirates FC (@orlandopirates) January 13, 2019
Rest In Revolutionary Peace Phil Masinga pic.twitter.com/9rt336F9Og
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 13, 2019
— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) January 13, 2019
Official club statement. pic.twitter.com/FyxFEjbV60
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@Masandawana) January 13, 2019
We’ve just been hit by the sad news that @BafanaBafana and @Jomo_CosmosFC legend, PHILEMON “CHIPPA” MASINGA has passed on.
May his gentle soul rest in Perfect Peace. Amen pic.twitter.com/ONP2a8JmPv
— Jomo Cosmos F.C. (@Jomo_CosmosFC) January 13, 2019
Very sad news for South African football,we lost a true football legend in Phil”Chippa”Masinga.He paved the way for all South African footballers in the Uk. That goal at Fnb stadium that took us to our 1st World Cup will always be on my https://t.co/lls4za2pAc Legend 🙏
— Steven Pienaar (@therealstevenpi) January 13, 2019
#Asphelelanga kushorta uChippa Masinga, Sizwe Motaung and Shoe Moshoeu #RIP you the legends pic.twitter.com/8X7TUeqDLF
— Zwelinzima Vavi (@Zwelinzima1) January 14, 2019
Tragic news of the untimely passing of striker Phil “Chippa” Masinga. An enigmatic character, his legacy goes beyond having scored the goal that guaranteed South African football’s global bow. He used to say there is strength in unity. Africa has lost one of its uniting sons. RIP
— Duane Dell’Oca (@no1commentator) January 13, 2019