“Chippa”, as Masinga was popularly known in football circles, died of a cancer-related disease at a Johannesburg hospital yesterday morning. He was 49.
Masinga was admitted to Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp two months ago before he was transferred to a Johannesburg hospital last month where he was diagnosed with cancer.
“We have lost a giant of South African football this is a sad day for our football,” said Jordaan who was the first to break the news of Masinga’s death.
The Safa president visited Masinga with his Safa national executive committee on January 6 before flying to Dakar, Senegal. He said Masinga didn’t look too well but he didn’t expect him to “leave us so soon”.