Former South Africa star, Philemon ‘Chippa’ Masinga, was on Sunday announced dead.
The ‘Bafana’ striker died, aged 49, in a Johannesburg hospital from cancer, the national South African football association said in a statement.
“I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar (for Confederation of African Football activities) and although Phil was not feeling well, he was in good spirits.
“Before saying goodbye, I promised ‘Chippa’ that I would visit him again sometime this week and now our hero is gone,” said the football association president Danny Jordaan.
A physically formidable forward, he scored the goal that beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in Soweto and took Bafana Bafana (The Boys) to the 1998 World Cup in France.
Masinga was part of the South African ‘golden generation’ that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations.