Former Bafana star penniless

2011-04-18 09:51

Johannesburg - He's gone from being a multi- millionaire owning petrol stations, premium brand boutiques and nightclubs, not to mention a fleet of luxury cars and a multi-million rand mansion in Weskoppies in Klerksdorp, North West, to being penniless, car-less and homeless reports The Sunday World.

This is the sad story of soccer legend Phil “Chippa” Masinga, the former Bafana Bafana goalpoacher whose historic goal took South Africa to its first World Cup in 1998.

Masinga, the 2010 Soccer World Cup ambassador, is allegedly broke after living the high life – so broke that he has moved into the back room of his late mother’s house in Khuma township, Klerksdorp.

Masinga admits this but says there is nothing wrong with that.

“So what if I have problems in my life? Who doesn’t have them?” he asks.’’ “Tell me, what’s wrong with living in a township? Irvin Khoza is a millionaire and he stays in the township.

“Let me put it to you, if there are problems in my life I don’t need and I don’t want pity like Baby Jake Matlala,” he said and hung up.

About a week ago the community of Khuma were spoilt for choice as the legend threw a garage sale, selling goods he no longer needs now that his living space has shrunk.

A source who attended the garage sale, says the people there could not believe their eyes when they saw the soccer legend selling his prized possessions.

“Besides the big items, even irons, toasters and kettles were on sale. Does this mean he is so desperate for cash?”, asks our source.

“There were a lot of ‘Wuye?’ (It’s him) and ‘Asiwuye’ (It’s not him) whispers.

“He looked pale and it was evident that he no longer has money. The people who live in the same street are shocked that the ex star player has come to live with them,” says the source.

“In his heyday he would not even give us a second glance, but these days he greets us with all the respect in the world, saying ‘Dumelang ba golo (Greetings, my elders)’, says the source.

It is alleged Masinga was a big spender when he was in the limelight. Some township residents remember him for throwing lavish parties and going out with girls from Milner High School. 


  • Fugly - 2011-04-18 10:10

    How the mighty fall! Sad story indeed, but not really surprizing. Most SA sportsman who think they are celebs earn big money but doesn't know how to manage this wealth. Phil won't be the last one!

      Sam - 2011-04-18 11:35

      I love the comment' he looked pale'...must be relative!

      Justin - 2011-04-18 13:39

      Hey Phil - any chance you can spare a room for Benni? He's gonna be broke soon too..

  • DeonL - 2011-04-18 10:11

    The lesson here is that you must save some money for tomorrow. One of the best ways are having a debit order for annuties on the first of the month when you are younger than 55 so you can't touch it.

      Lloyd - 2011-04-19 13:39

      we said i agree...players should put 20% of earnings away every month.

  • Glennm - 2011-04-18 10:11

    we should not thrive on other peoples can happen to anyone.

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-04-18 10:17

      I agree with you, inceba lendoda alihlekwa

      Nokka - 2011-04-18 10:28

      I don't think reporting on the issue is "thriving" on it. Of course it can happen to anyone, and it is not nice. But still, this is news and newsworthy because of the fact that (1) it is Phil Masinga and not your unknown neighbour; and (2) he has fallen from super riches to a backroom in a township. It is logical therefor and also right that it appears in the news.

      LuLuBug - 2011-04-26 13:04

      Indeed, indeed

  • Kaapie - 2011-04-18 10:21

    At least he is not asking for handouts.

      MaLemmer - 2011-04-18 13:57

      Wait! It's coming, that's why it's been reported!!

  • Bafana - 2011-04-18 10:26

    I feel sorry for Phil and am scared too this might happen to me, let us learn from these people and not laugh them,

      Jomo - 2011-04-19 12:11

      Good comment nja yami... it can happen to a superstar, a nobody, a call centre agent, so lets learn from it.

  • Ripley - 2011-04-18 10:26

    He earned his money by using the talent he was fortunate enough to have been given - pity that he has fallen on hard times. Big difference from the crop of political fat cats who sit in well-connected circles fraudulently milking the country dry - absolutely no sympathy when one of them hopefully get his just desserts !

      paulmandlankosi - 2011-04-18 10:42

      But have you ever heard of one of them who has fallen on hard times?

      DeonL - 2011-04-18 10:54

      It sounds like he: "Failling to plan, leads to planning to fail" in the words of Jim Rohn. We must plan for hard times, hope for the best.

  • Bosduif - 2011-04-18 10:44

    Sorry to hear but this is what happens when you try and live your live like those rappers in the US. This is the problem with most in government too.

  • emmanueltshepo - 2011-04-18 11:11

    MMMmm i must start saving too before i become a laughing scon

  • BigD - 2011-04-18 11:12

    Maybe this is a lesson to the PSL administrators. Maybe a pension fund needs to be put in place where players are forced to make a contribution. It is sad to see one with so much talent on the fiels with no financial skills. A sports-person's earning life is short.

      Lloyd - 2011-04-19 13:43

      im shocked pensions are not mandatory in south africa.. in the uk i think you have to have the government wont give rich people pensions they tax people here at 50% earnings.

  • kolobe - 2011-04-18 11:12

    " I don’t want pity like Baby Jake " with that statement there shouldnt be anyone on your case,good attitude

  • Slumdog - 2011-04-18 11:15

    Same with the Government - sitting on all the money in the world and just pissing it away. These buffoons do not know the value of money and where it comes from... Good on you.

  • KomboKitten - 2011-04-18 11:17

    he obviously failed to manage his riches. no surprise at all.

      Lauren - 2011-04-18 13:46

      This happens to ALOT of people who suddenly become super wealthy. Lotto winners the world over are a prime example. So, yeah, there is not much of a suprise. Just remember, there but for a talented golden boot, or a major lucky streak, goes you. Remember, this man was not handed anything. He earned it. As I said though, if you are not used to that kind of cash, you can easily lose it. Most first time millionaires lose their fortunes a couple of times before steadying out or losing the plot completely.

  • roboman1 - 2011-04-18 11:22

    gooa luck Phil, I hope things come right for you. You were a wonderful footballer. And Phil, whne the mighty fall, there are always many rats and mice with many things to say, ignore them, they are not worthy of aresponse. Keep your head high and good luck

  • Johan - 2011-04-18 11:26

    One has to respect the man for rejecting anyone's pity, his life and his responsbility.

  • Andrew - 2011-04-18 11:28

    He had manu businesses which failed, has happend to many other businesses. These comments about failing to plan are wrong, he tried his hand at business and now he's doing what's needed to survive nothing wrong with that. Many super rich people failed at business as well.

  • vusi22 - 2011-04-18 12:16

    Well thats how life is

  • Megareader - 2011-04-18 12:33

    You failed at business. Now go and try your hands at what your'e good at. Try teaching your talent to others, get back in the game. You must never give. If you give up that's when you lose. Don't let other people drag you down.

  • BoneCollectR - 2011-04-18 13:13

    Phil, you were once a great footballer and served your country without compromise. I res[pect you for that. But why do you have to pick on Baby Jake now? This is how you invite rats and mice to clean the last flesh from your bones, you idiot! Good luck.

  • truthseeker - 2011-04-18 13:32

    it can happen to anyone anywhere. look at Paul Gaza.

  • Bruce - 2011-04-18 13:43

    its a shame a very sad story indeed

  • Stephan - 2011-04-18 15:14

    Eishhhh!!! Bill Gates one day said that any company, irrespective how big or lucrative, is just four months away from liquidation. All you guys jumping on the "bandwagon", crucifying Phil for his mistakes, remember it can happen to you too. Phil, Bru, we are all "assholes" making very silly mistakes in our lives, myself included. It can happen to anyone anyday. So hang in there mate! Please do not copy the likes of Steve Hofmeyr and Joost vd Westhuizen in denying any wrongdoings. Stand up, face it and remember mistakes do not determine who we are, the way we cope with mistakes does however. Good luck my friend, I wish you all of the best!

  • Geja - 2011-04-19 08:34

    Wuye!!!! lol.

  • westjones88 - 2011-04-19 09:29

    sad indeed.. i will never really understand when you are a player earning mega bucks and the 1st thing you buy is a mansion and the latest sports car..surely you should be thinking ahead and be smart..footlball afta all is a high risk sport and most of the time theres no guarantee you are gona retire in comfort..eish guys be wise with your money. sa legend down and out..eish phil thnx for the memories bra. that was a killer goal you scored against congo in '98..i was a fnb that day..good times

  • nvledwaba - 2011-04-19 10:13

    should have bought ur property and cars while u still have the cash

  • Che Guevara - 2011-04-19 11:47

    I see how these comment pages work: If its a Black person it's sad and there are these weak messages of support, but a similar story came out on Delron Buckley and its, You were an idiot not to save, living the good life etc. etc etc.... The fact of the matter is that whoever you are, failing to plan is planning to fail! Phil, I still remember that goal! Thanx for the meory and I know the likes of Doctor and Neil Tovey will bail u out of this mess...

  • Lloyd - 2011-04-19 13:45

    he has fame and so he can get a job to train young players and start again..whats his problem? is he scared of hard work ? he is still a young man.

      Thabo Metsing - 2011-04-26 14:19

      Im from Klerksdorp, and am just shocked at the comment: he used to "going out with girls from Milner High" School. Granted its embarassing, but i fail to see how this is relevant. Lots of older guys go out with High-schoolers, but it seems that Phil is being panelbeaten to the ground. Let's not kick a dog while its down. I agree though, he can still work, he is nowhere near being a pentioner. I

  • kahuru1 - 2011-04-20 12:36

    This is sad indeed. I still find it hard to believe that this actually happened to Chippa of all people after the money he made. Let this be a lesson to all of us. SAVE YOUR HARD EARNED CASH FOR A RAINY DAY PEOPLE ...

  • Zion - 2011-04-26 12:53

    Mister can you find it in your heart to lend me a dollar.....I'm fresh out of dough and nowhere to go and haven't the money to borrow.

  • lindela81 - 2011-04-26 14:26

    No worries Masinga things we'll change man,everything happens for reason in life God is able man just focus and trust God ask Job in the bible. We still love u bra and praying for you.

  • Mabhulwana - 2011-04-26 15:48

    He had petrol stations etc! Whow! It is a mighty fall. Credit to the guy for swallowing his pride and going back to the family house (at the back).

      Richie Ngwenya - 2013-07-28 01:19

      No wayz he must go back 2 his roots,his elders en himself.then 4get bout women

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