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Phil Masinga

Phil Masinga
Personal information
Full name Philemon Raul Masinga[1]
Date of birth (1969-06-28) 28 June 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Klerksdorp, South Africa
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Kaizer Chiefs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1991 Jomo Cosmos 88 (23)
1991–1994 Mamelodi Sundowns 108 (98)
1994–1996 Leeds United 31 (5)
1996–1997 St. Gallen 10 (0)
1997 Salernitana 16 (4)
1997–2001 Bari 75 (24)
2001–2002 Al-Wahda
Total 328 (154)
National team
1992–2001 South Africa 58 (18)
Teams managed
2006 PJ Stars
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Philemon Raul "Phil" Masinga (born 28 June 1969) is a South African former professional footballer and manager who played as a striker from 1991 to 2002.

He played in the English Premier League for Leeds United, and Italian Serie A for Salernitana and Bari. He also played for Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns, St. Gallen and Al-Wahda. He represented South Africa in 58 international games, scoring 18 goals and in 2006 briefly managed PJ Stars.

Club career

He is a former player for Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns. He grew up playing for Jomo Cosmos. He played for South African major league with Mamelodi Sundowns and then left for England to play for Leeds United in a package deal with Lucas Radebe that his FIFA agent Marcelo Houseman did with Howard Wilkinson.

He played in the English Premiership for two years, playing 31 games and scoring five goals, and also scored a hat-trick in an FA Cup tie against Walsall on 17 January 1995.[2]

Masinga played ten games in Switzerland with St. Gallen and then moved to Italy to play for Salernitana, scoring four goals in 16 games. He then spent 4 years playing for Bari. In 2000, a return to English Football with Coventry City fell through after he failed to secure a work permit.

International career

In an African Cup of Nations qualifier versus Zambia in 1992, Masinga became the first South African ever to be sent off in an international match. He was in the Bafana Bafana side when South Africa won the African Cup of Nations in 1996 and when they finished second to Egypt in the 1998 African Cup of Nations. “Chippa”, as he is affectionately known, scored the decisive goal in the 1997 game against the Republic of the Congo that took South Africa to the 1998 World Cup in France.


  1. ^ Hugman, Barry J, ed. (2005). The PFA Footballers' Who's Who 2005/2006. Queen Anne Press. p. 417. ISBN 978-1-85291-662-6.
  2. ^ "Hat-Trick Heroes - Leeds United FC - LeedsUtdMAD". Retrieved 28 May 2012.

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