ROME – Philemon Masinga died at the age of 49. The former Serie A player played with Bari from 1997 to 2001 and with Salernitana. To give the sad announcement is the South African Football Federation. According to local media reports, the former striker was seriously ill for some time and since last December 21 he was hospitalized, due to the worsening of his condition.
With Bari in Serie A scored 24 goals in 75 games, becoming one of the team's symbols. Before joining Italy, Masinga played with St. Gallen in Switzerland and Leeds United in England. In his homeland he is remembered as one of the most representative players of the South African national team. In 1997, the Congo scored the goal that qualified South Africa at the World Championships, the first in history for the country, those of France '98.
With the South African national team he won the African Cup in 1996. "A legend goes, it's a very sad day," said Federation president Danny Jordaan.
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