Former Bafana striker Bennett Masinga dies of illness

By Drum Digital
15 November 2013

Former Bafana Bafana striker Bennett Masinga has passed away after a short illness

Yet another star has fallen. .

Former teammates and friends have reacted with shock and sadness following the untimely death of Masinga, he  was 48.

Masinga, the cousin of former Bafana Bafana star Phil Masinga, represented Mamelodi Sundowns, Umtata Bush Bucks, Manning Rangers and Santos during his career.

'Bennito' also represented Bafana Bafana on five occasions between 1992 and 1993.

He made his debut alongside his cousin Phil in Bafana’s third match since re-admission to international football - a friendly against Cameroon on July 11, 1992.

Both cousins were on the scoresheet for Bafana at FNB Stadium in a 2-2 draw.

Bennett Masinga’s fifth and final match for Bafana was during the goalless draw against Mauritius on April 10, 1993.

Phil Masinga, 44, said his older cousin was an inspiration for him when he grew up.

Mike Ntombela who captained Masinga has described the fallen stat as the most “lethal” player during the ‘Shoe-shine and Piano’ period.


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