Nigeria international Victor Ikpeba joined the league of mourners following the demise of former South African striker Philemon Raul Masinga.
Ikpeba who recalled playing against the former Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns forward, prayed God to give the family and indeed SAFA the fortitude to bear the loss.
“My condolences to the family and South Africa Football Association, I played against him severally and he was a good man” he submitted.
Masinga who made over 58 appearances for Bafana Bafana between 1992 and 2001 scoring 18 goals, died at the weekend at the age of 49.
Masinga who played for premier league side Leeds United for two years after joining from Sundwowns in 1994, played alongside compatriot Lucas Radebe. He left for the Swiss side St Gallen in 2006 and went on to play for Salernitana and Bari in Italy.
He contributed in no small measure to Bafana Bafana’s victory at the Nations cup in 1996 when the country hosted and won the championship. Many of his fans have not forgotten his super strike against Congo which sealed South Africa’s qualification for the 1998 World Cup in France.
Chief Executive officer for the organising committee of the 2010 world cup and South Africa football Association President Dr. Danny Jordaan described the late striker as a loyal servant who maintained an impressive personality on and off the pitch.
“Sad day for South African football. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play,” he said on Twitter. Management CAF Champions league campaigners Mamelodi Sundowns have also reportedly condoled the family and the football federation over the death of Masinga who played for them between 1991 and 1994 scoring 98 goals in 108 appearances.
Mamelodi only few days back lost 2-1 to Lobi stars in the group stage of the CAF Champions league tie at the Nnamdi Azikiwe stadium Enugu. The South African side are in group A which also has WAC Casablanca and Asec Mimosa.