South African legend, Philemon Masinga, dies – Punch Newspapers


Former South Africa star, Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga, died on Sunday at the age of 49 in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer, the national football association said in a statement.

Retired South Africa captain Lucas Radebe, who played with Masinga at then English top-flight club Leeds United in the 1990s, said the country has lost a “great legend”.

“For us, as Africans, it was a great experience,” Radebe told the BBC. “We were not used to the weather and we struggled a little bit — we kept each other warm at times.

“Phil was a big hit with the team and the players. I looked up to him and I think he inspired me the most. It was absolutely great the way he adapted to the situation.

“He was easy to get along with and he was most respected at the club as a person.”

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