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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
Place of birth Klerksdorp, South Africa
Date of death 13 January 2019(2019-01-13) (aged 49)
Place of death Johannesburg, 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 Masinga (28 June 1969 – 13 January 2019) was a South African professional footballer and manager who played as a striker from 1990 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 with his cousin Bennett Masinga, St. Gallen and Al-Wahda. He represented South Africa in 58 international games, scoring 18 goals. In 2006, he briefly went into football management with PJ Stars.

Club career

He made his debut for Jomo Cosmos in 1990, before moving on to Mamelodi Sundowns.[2]

In 1994 he left for English Premier League club Leeds United; the deal that his agent Marcelo Houseman did with Leeds manager Howard Wilkinson also involved Lucas Radebe moving to Leeds from Kaizer Chiefs.[3] He played in the English Premier League 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.[4]

Masinga moved to Switzerland with St. Gallen in 1996, followed by spells in Italy with Salernitana and Bari.[5] In 2001, a return to English Football with Coventry City fell through after he failed to secure a work permit,[6] following which he moved to Al Wahda FC in Abu Dhabi where he completed his playing career.[5]

International career

Masinga made his international debut in July 1992 against Cameroon; this was South Africa's first match following readmission of the country to international football.[7] 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.[8] 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.[9] "Chippa", as he was affectionately known,[10] 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.[7] He played 58 games for his country, scoring 18 goals.[2]


In 2006, Masinga briefly coached PJ Stars, a now-defunct third-division South African club.[2]


On 13 January 2019, the president of the South African Football Association, Danny Jordaan, announced his death.[7] Masinga had been admitted to hospital the previous month, due to cancer.[10][11]

See also


  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. ^ a b c Breakfast, Siviwe (12 December 2018). "Former Bafana striker Phil Masinga hospitalised". The South African. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  3. ^ Smart, Ryan. "This is my hero". Tale of Two Halves. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Hat-Trick Heroes – Leeds United FC – LeedsUtdMAD". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b "South Africa and Leeds United star Phil Masinga dies at 49". ESPN. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  6. ^ "Masinga deal off". Coventry Evening Telegraph. 15 August 2001. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Phil Masinga: Ex-Leeds and South Africa striker dies aged 49". BBC News. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  8. ^ Said, Nick (7 August 2015). "No stranger to seeing red". Daily Dispatch. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  9. ^ Hadebe Sadze (12 December 2018). "Bafana Bafana legend Philemon Masinga has been hospitalised". The Sowetan. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  10. ^ a b "SA soccer legend Phil 'Chippa' Masinga dies". Sport24. 13 January 2019. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  11. ^ "Phil Masinga: South Africa striker who made Premier League history with Leeds". Guardian. 14 January 2019. Retrieved 17 January 2019.

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