Tributes keeps pouring in over the death of South African Striker, Philemon Raul Masinga, who passed on some few days ago after a brief illness.
South African Football Federation boss Dr. Danny Jordaan led the tributes when he described the fallen star as a loyal servant who maintained an impressive personality on and off the pitch.
“Sad day for South African football. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play,” he said on Twitter.
Victor Ikpeba who recalled playing against the former Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns forward, prayed God to give the family and indeed SAFA the fortitude to bear the loss.
“My condolences to the family and South Africa Football Association, I played against him severally and he was a good man” he submitted.
Masinga who made over 58 appearances for Bafana Bafana between 1992 and 2001 scoring 18 goals, died at the weekend at the age of 49.
Masinga who played for premier league side Leeds United for two years after joining from Sundwowns in 1994, played alongside compatriot Lucas Radebe. He left for the Swiss side St Gallen in 2006 and went on to play for Salernitana and Bari in Italy.
He contributed in no small measure to Bafana Bafana’s victory at the Nations cup in 1996 when the country hosted and won the championship. Many of his fans have not forgotten his super strike against Congo which sealed South Africa’s qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France.
The Management CAF Champions league campaigners Mamelodi Sundowns also condoled the family and the football federation over the death of Masinga who played for them between 1991 and 1994 scoring 98 goals in 108 appearances.