Bafana Bafana’s Phil Masinga - a look at his life and career

Bafana Bafana’s Phil Masinga - a look at his life and career

- Philemon “Phil” Masinga enjoyed an 11 year playing career as a professional footballer

- Masinga scored the iconic goal which sealed Bafana Bafana’s entry into the 1998 World Cup

- He has been admitted to a state hospital in Klerksdorp recently

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Philemon “Phil” Masinga enjoyed a glittering career as a striker from 1991 until his retirement in 2002.

Affectionately known as Chippa, Masinga achieved legendary status following his long range goal against Congo Brazzaville.

The stunning strike ensured South Africa’s qualification for France 1998 – our first ever World Cup.

Masinga was also part of the Bafana Bafana squad that won the African Cup of Nations in 1996 as well as the 1998 campaign when they finished as runners-up.

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In his prime, Masinga played his club football for Bari in the Italian league, between 1997 and 2001.

He finished with a respectable record of 24 goals in 75 appearances.

However, his first taste of senior football came at Jomo Cosmos.

Masinga soon moved to Sundowns and enjoyed a prolific period of 3 seasons until he was signed by Leeds United in England.

Masinga revealed in an interview with Sowetan Live that it was he who recommended Lucas Radebe to Leeds United at the time.

He still regrets missing out on the opportunity to represent his favourite club, Orlando Pirates.

Masinga’s playing career came to an unexpected end at the age of 32 due to injury.

It was widely documented that Masinga went bankrupt around 2011.

The 49-year-old was recently admitted to Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp.

City Press reported that efforts are now being made to have him transferred to a private medical facility in Johannesburg.

Briefly.co.za revealed the unfortunate news yesterday via social media and the support for Chippa has been overwhelming.

Based on the feedback, Mzansi still has fond memories of the man who scored “that” famous goal.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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