South African football ‘giant’ Masinga dies | Sports

Marcel Desailly of France tackles Philemon Masinga (left) of South Africa during a 1998 World Cup group match in Marseille. — AFP pic

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 13 — Former South Africa star Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga died today aged 49 in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer, the national football association said in a statement.

“We have lost a giant of South African football,” said football association president Danny Jordaan. “This is a sad day and I am gutted.

“I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar (for Confederation of African Football activities) and although Phil was not feeling well, he was in good spirits.

“Before saying goodbye, I promised ‘Chippa’ that I would visit him again sometime this week and now our hero is gone.”

A physically formidable forward, he…

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