Parliamen - The Portfolio Committee on Sport and Recreation has said it is saddened by the premature passing of South Africa’s soccer legend, Phil Masinga, on the weekend.
The chairperson of the committee, Beauty Dlulane, said the committee sends its condolences to the family, friends and the nation.
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"SA has lost one of its great sons to ever represent the country on a football pitch. Phil was a true ambassador for the game, and he lived the values of being an ambassador. As much as this is a time to be sad, but we should mourn and celebrate Phil’s time on Earth, which he fulfilled.”
Masinga represented Bafana Bafana, and also plied his trade in England where he played for Leeds United in its glory days.
His name remains etched in the annals of history as having been part of a group of players who could easily be regarded as the golden generation.
Meanwhile, former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe has led the tributes to his former Leeds team-mate.
Masinga lost his battle with cancer on Saturday, leaving the nation reeling at his untimely passing.
The two were both signed by Leeds United in 1994 and spent two years together in England's top-flight, before the striker made a switch to St Gallen in Switzerland.
"He lost his fight against cancer this morning which is very, very sad for us as a football fraternity," said Radebe.
"We are mourning the loss of a great legend."