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Masinga: Philemon Raul (Phil/Chippa)

1994-1996 (Leeds Player Details) (Player Details)


Born: Klerksdorp, South Africa: 28-06-1969

Debut: v West Ham United (a) (substitute): 20-08-1994

6í2Ē 12st 7lb (1995)

#99 in 100 Greatest LUFC Players Ever

Masinga started his football career at Primary School, where he showed he had the skills necessary to progress. He joined the coaching schools of Jomo Sono and went on to join Jomo Midas Cosmos in 1988. He was soon noticed by Mamelodi Sundowns and he moved to them in 1991. He was an almost instant success with the Pretoria side and was called up by South Africa for his first cap against Cameroon At Kings Park Stadium in Durban on 7th July 1992 in a 1-0 win for Bafana Bafana. He scored his first International goal in his third International, just four days later against the same opposition, in the fortieth minute of a 2-2 draw, at Soccer City, Johannesburg, before being substituted with seven minutes to go. He was representing South Africa for the eleventh time on 10th May 1994 and Lucas Radebe was also playing, in his twelfth International for his country against Zambia at Ellis Park Johannesburg, when they were spotted by Leeds United's scout Geoff Speight. There was also interest from several European sides, including Bobby Robsonís Porto. Striker Masinga completed his move to Leeds in August 1994 for £250,000 from Mamelodi Sundowns and on the recommendation of the South African captain, Steve Komphala Lucas Radebe was bought from Kaizer Chiefs for the same amount. The tall goalscorer had helped the Sundowns to the South Africa title the previous season with eighteen goals and was first choice for Bafana Bafana and soon settled into his scoring rhythm in Leeds' pre-season friendlies, scoring five times in two games against poor opposition in Italy, as he set about trying to force himself into the Leeds team. He was already up against Rod Wallace, Brian Deane and David White, as well as up-and-coming Noel Whelan and Jamie Forrester, but late in his first season goalscoring sensation Tony Yeboah also arrived. However, he quickly showed his poaching talents at the top level, scoring a nine-minute extra-time hat-trick after coming on as a substitute against Walsall in an FA Cup replay. His first season at Leeds saw him progress, but with the advent of Tony Yeboah and the rise of Noel whelan and the arrival of Tomas Brolin, he was only used sparingly in his second year, although he collected an African Cup of Nations winnersí medal when the competition was staged in his native South Africa. Tall and leggy, he showed good ball skills, but his individual style did not always fit in with Unitedís system. Christened "Waltzing Masinga", he was popular with the fans, who appreciated his wholehearted endeavour. He had taken his International appearances to twenty-five before he left Leeds for Swiss club St Gallen in July 1996 for £500,000, after being unable to get an extension to his work permit, due to the lack of first team appearances. He only featured in ten games in Switzerland before joining Italian side Salernitana later in the 1996-97 season and there he scored four goals in sixteen games. He then moved on to Bari, where he established himself as a successful fringe player, scoring twenty-four goals in seventy-five games in his five seasons' stay. He had remained a regular with Bafana Bafana during his European sojourn and was part of the team that finished second to Egypt in the 1998 African Cup of Nations. He also scored the goal in 1997 against the Democratic Republic of Congo which took South Africa to the 1998 World Cup in France. In July 2001 he signed for Coventry City but ran into work permit problems once more. He went to Al-Wahda in Abu Dabai for the 2001-2002 season. He retired after an injury to a knee that had already been the subject of two operations. Masinga represented South Africa fifty-eight times Fifty-three starts and five appearances as a substitute scoring nineteen goals, making his final appearance as a sixty-ninth minute substitute against Sweden in Stockholm on 15th August 2001 and scoring his nineteenth and final goal in the twenty-sixth minute of his fifty-fifth International appearance in a 2-1 win over Malawi in the World Cup Qualifier on 25th February 2001. South African fans remained faithful to Masinga and he had a considerable following, being widely regarded as one of the best South African strikers of all time. In 2006 he briefly coached PJ Stars in the Mvela Golden League. He was also an ambassador for South Africaís bid for the 2010 World Cup. Unfortunately, he then fell on hard times and had to sell his memorabilia for a pittance and was living with his mother in the township of Klerksdorp after encountering crippling financial problems.

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