The social media tributes came pouring in for the last 24 hours and here we highlight the best wishes for the late Phil Masinga.
Former Bafana Bafana striker Masinga was recently hospitalised in December 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa until his health struggles came to an end on the weekend.
He played for the likes of Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns in the PSL. In Europe Masinga represented Leeds United, St. Gallen in Switzerland, Bari and Salernitana in the Italian Serie A, and then Al-Wahda in Abu Dhabi (Asia). Masinga retired in the year 2002.
A large number of current players, former teammates and clubs paid tribute to Masinga on Twitter.
Side-by-side! I have nothing but fond memories of our time together as Bafana Team mates on and off the field. Thank you for that honour. May your soul Rest In Peace my dear friend. #PhilMasinga #Legend. pic.twitter.com/swXrwTjkyy — Andre Arendse (@TheAndreArendse) January 13, 2019
Sad day for South African football.
A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play - SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan on passing away of @BafanaBafana legend Phil Masinga — Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) January 13, 2019
The Golden Days.., with coach Clive.
Passion, Commitment and Sheer Love for the Game.
Always inspired ..♥️⚽️👑 pic.twitter.com/RMauMUnSAi — Amanda toki Dlamini (@Amanda_Dlamini9) January 13, 2019
It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga’s passing. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends pic.twitter.com/d0H0EO8idl — Leeds United (@LUFC) January 13, 2019
We would like to extend our deepest condolences to the friends & family of the legendary Phil Masinga. We'll always remember you with a smile!
RIP Chippa pic.twitter.com/OslkefL93M — Bidvest Wits (@BidvestWits) January 14, 2019
#RIPMasinga that goal gave us the ticket to France 98 World Cup. We owe another World Cup qualification to you Phil Masinga...Rest in Peace legend pic.twitter.com/aybcEsQtZz — #Under#construction# (@xolane_ndlovu96) January 13, 2019
RIP Phil "Chippa" Masinga. A gentleman and legend of the beautiful game
🙏❤ — Desiree Ellis (@descaptain) January 13, 2019