Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker saddened by Phil Masinga passing
Posted: 14 January 2019 Time: 14:00
Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker says the late Philemon Masinga was a true winner.
Masinga, who won the 1996 AFCON on home soil under Barker and earned over 50 international caps, passed away on the weekend from cancer-related complications at the age of 49.
Masinga is fondly remembered by many South Africans for scoring a stunning goal against Congo in Johannesburg on 16 August 1997 to help Bafana earn a spot at the 1998 FIFA World Cup.
The former Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns hitman notably played with Lucas Radebe at Leeds United between 1994 and 1996, and also had spells at St Gallen in Switzerland and Italian teams Salernitana and Bari.
"It is always great to be associated with a winner and Chippa was a winner. I'm deeply disappointed and sad by the news of his passing," Barker said.
"It really hit me that we keep on losing these legends. Not so long ago we lost [John] 'Shoes' [Moshoeu].
"With all that I'm comforted the fact that they will meet in heaven."
Barker says Masinga is one of Bafana's greats.
"We were honored to be in his presence, one of the greatest of our generation.
"In 1996 he was amongst the top players I had with the likes of Doctor Khumalo, Lucas Radebe, Neil Tovey, Mark Williams and others."
He adds: "I would like to send love and comfort to his family, friends and the whole of South Africa. We will miss him."