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South African legend Phil Masinga hospitalised

South African legend Phil Masinga hospitalised

Legendary former Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga was admitted in a North West public hospital.

The 49-year-old is said to have fallen ill last week and was admitted to Tshepang Hospital in Klerksdorp on Saturday, but there have been very few details around his condition.

South African Masters and Legend Football Association member Greg Mashilo spoke to the publication on Wednesday.

“We received a message from Safa president Danny Jordaan that Masinga was hospitalised but we don’t have much details as yet.

“We immediately created a WhatsApp group and informed all the members‚ but we are yet to get details.

“We wish him a speedy recovery, but for now we don’t know much about his illness.”

Masinga played 58 times for Bafana Bafana and scored 18 goals in a career that spanned between 1992 and 2001.

He started out at Soweto giants Kaizer Chiefs, but made his professional debut for Jomo Cosmos in 1990, before moving on to Mamelodi Sundowns, where he attracted interest from English giants Leeds United.

After a short stint at Leeds, an even shorter one at St Gallen in Switzerland followed, and it was in Italy where he eventually settled, playing for Salernitana and later Bari, then in the Serie A, before concluding his playing career in the UAE with Al-Wahda.

Following retirement, he had a brief stint coaching PJ Stars, a now-defunct club which played in South Africa’s third tier at the time.

Masinga is best remembered for his long-range strike against Congo-Brazzaville at FNB Stadium in 1997, which secured Bafana Bafana a place in France for their first ever Fifa World Cup in 1998.

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