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.— Bafana Bafana (@BafanaBafana) January 13, 2019
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
R.I.P legend.— Amanda toki Dlamini (@Amanda_Dlamini9) January 13, 2019
The Golden Days.., with coach Clive.
Passion, Commitment and Sheer Love for the Game.
Always inspired ..♥️⚽️👑 pic.twitter.com/RMauMUnSAi
RIP Phill. A fierce competitor, team mate and friend . True legend of our game. pic.twitter.com/XzExrhzuD5— Roger De Sa (@RogerDe_Sa) January 14, 2019
#RIP Chippa Masinga. Gone too soon. ☹️☹️☹️— Lance Davids (@lancedavids85) January 13, 2019
We have lost another hero-Phil Masinga just passed away-Rest well Phil..May your soul rest in perfect peace 🙏🏿 pic.twitter.com/DlTNeJXDXw— Anthony Baffoe (@AnthonyBaffoe) 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!— Bidvest Wits (@BidvestWits) January 14, 2019
RIP Chippa pic.twitter.com/OslkefL93M
RIP Phil "Chippa" Masinga. A gentleman and legend of the beautiful game— Desiree Ellis (@descaptain) January 13, 2019