- South African soccer legend, Chippa Masinga passed away at the age of 49
- Tributes poured in from all around the world
- Masinga was beloved by his community, not just for his talent but for his kind heart
South Africa mourns the loss of legendary soccer legend Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga who passed away at the age of 49.
The former Bafana Bafana icon had been diagnosed with cancer had been admitted to a hospital in Parktown, after being transferred from Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp in December, found Briefly.co.za.
Feeling the loss of a legend, the people of his hometown, Khuma in the North West, visited his family’s home wanting to pay respects to their beloved star's family and camped outside the home.
The striker was admired both locally and internationally, and remains one of South Africa’s most accomplished soccer stars. Masinga represented the country in an incredible 58 international games and scored 18 goals.
He began his career playing for SA giants Kaiser Chiefs as a youth before debuting his senior career with Jomo Cosmos in 1990.
His talent was recognised around the world and in 1994, he joined the English Premier League, playing for Leeds United.
Masinga was part of the team who played against Cameroon in South Africa’s first international game in 1992 after apartheid ended. He also helped bring South Africa to victory in 1996 when Bafana Bafana won the African Cup of Nations.
Chippa Masinga was not just an extraordinary soccer player, but also had a good heart and had been pivotal in developing his community.
Tributes to Masinga have poured in from all over the world.
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