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RIP: Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Bennett Masinga passes away

Posted: 15 November 2013 Time: 09:42

Former Mamelodi Sundowns striker Bennett Masinga has passed away at the age of 48.

The cousin of Phil ‘Chippa’ Masinga, ‘Benito’ was born in Klerksdorp and started his professional career with Klerksdorp City where he made his professional on 9 February 1986 in a 4-1 win over Witbank Aces, and scored on the same match.

Masinga then made his name with the Brazilians playing for them from 1987 to 1994, winning the League and the Ohlsons Challenge in 1988.

After a successful spell with Sundowns, in 1996 Masinga moved to Cape Town where he joined First Division side Seven Stars and helped the team win promotion to the PSL. In 1999 he was among few Seven Stars players who were part of Ajax Cape Town during the club’s formation.

In 1999 he joined Santos and was loaned to the struggling Hellenic before moving to Blomfontein Celtic after they were relegated from the PSL.

“We found out this morning and we are going to sit down as a family to discuss the matter. We will then issue a press statement about what happened,” Phil tells

At the time of death, Masinga was staying in Stilfontein – situated between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom.

He played five times for Bafana Bafana, making his debut playing alongside his cousin Phil in Bafana’s third match since re-admission to international football, which was a friendly against Cameroon on 11 July 1992.

The two nations drew 2-2, with the cousins both on the scoresheet for Bafana at Soccer City.

Masinga’s fifth and last match for Bafana was during the goalless draw against Mauritius on 10 April 1993 at Rand Stadium during the Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign.

Benito will be sorely missed, may his soul rest in peace.

By Zola Doda and Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

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K bhaka
posted: 2013-11-15 07:48:10

Rest in Peace were such a marvel to watch.thanks for all the time spend making us soccer lovers happy

Win or Loose "2nd Star Failure FC"
posted: 2013-11-15 07:48:32

RIP scoring machine..

posted: 2013-11-15 07:49:43

May his soul rest in peace

posted: 2013-11-15 07:50:08

May your Soul Rest in Peace our legend

ZipZap Khosified!!!
posted: 2013-11-15 07:52:12

The only player i know who score the best bicycle kick and diving header goals...............

My heart goes out to his family "Useyolala esifubeni sikababa" May the Lord's hand heal during these trying times.

Rest In Peace Bennito.........

posted: 2013-11-15 07:53:03

Our hearts are with Masinga's family in this time of sorrow, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. May his soul rest in peace.

posted: 2013-11-15 07:55:32

Rest in peace..........some of us were fortunate enough to watch you display your GOD given talent!

posted: 2013-11-15 07:57:54

Rest in peace

Kickoff BloggerLePirates
posted: 2013-11-15 07:58:57

Rest in peace of my favourite players during Sundowns ERA he played with Zane Moosa

posted: 2013-11-15 08:00:39


The Game
posted: 2013-11-15 08:01:03

RIP..ja neh

Mriyo (Moving To Discows)
posted: 2013-11-15 08:02:20

RIP baba,

Ibhola Lethu
posted: 2013-11-15 08:02:45

May he Rest In Peace...

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posted: 2013-11-15 08:04:33

Zofi izinsizwa madoda. RIP Benito (8)

posted: 2013-11-15 08:05:08


** Mrango **
posted: 2013-11-15 08:06:20

RIP, legend indeed!!

Toy Toy
posted: 2013-11-15 08:08:23

Eiysh what a player that he was Rest in Peace Benito we will always remember you as a fine player and a gentleman you were. 

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