Scores of soccer supporters, former footballers and football admininistrators have converged at the Grace Bible Church in Pimville, Soweto, to pay their last respects to former Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga.
This is the first of the two memorial services to be held in honour of the 49-year old Masinga. He died last Sunday after succumbing to a cancer related illness at a private hospital in Johannesburg.
The former Leeds United striker is survived by four children and his wife Ntombi Nombewu.
Members of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winning squad, Lucas Radebe, Captain Neil Tovey, Mark Fish and Daniel Mudau are scheduled to speak at the memorial service in Soweto.
Also representatives from his two former Premier Soccer League clubs Mamelodi Sundowns and Jomo Cosmos have been included in the programme.
The North West born striker has 58 Bafana Bafana caps under his belt, and scored 18 goals for South Africa’s senior men’s national team.
The most memorable goal that Masinga scored was his strike against Congo Brazzaville at the FNB Stadium, which helped Bafana Bafana qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France.
Masinga will be laid to rest in an official provincial funeral in Klersdorp on Thursday.
Phil Masinga’s memorial at the Grace Bible church in Soweto is underway. Four former Bafana coaches are in attendance Screamer Tshabalala, Augusto Palacious, Trott Moloto and Shakes Mashaba. Most of the 1996 legends are present #sabcnews @SABCNewsOnline pic.twitter.com/vz0hI1UtAc
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