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Doctor Khumalo pays tribute to former teammate Phil Masinga

Khumalo has reminisced about the time their former coach Jomo Sono recruited Masinga to Jomo Cosmos in the early 90s.

Family members attend the funeral of former Bafana Bafana forward Phil Masinga on 24 January 2019 at the Khumalo Stadium in Khuma, North West province. Picture: Abigail Javier/EWN

KHUMA, North West – Former Bafana Bafana legend Doctor Khumalo has paid tribute to his former teammate Phil Masinga at his funeral service in Khuma in the North West.

Khumalo has reminisced about the time their former coach Jomo Sono recruited Masinga to Jomo Cosmos in the early 90s.

Masinga lost his battle to cancer last week.

Khumalo gave a heartfelt tribute, remembering how Sono brought Masinga to Cosmos for his first professional contract.

He says that Masinga was working at a mine in the North West when Sono came knocking on his door.

Masinga played for Cosmos 88 times, scoring 23 goals between 1990 and 1991.

He scored the goal that sent South Africa to the Fifa World Cup in 1998.

At the same time, Safa president Danny Jordaan has praised Masinga for his role in convincing the global football fraternity that South Africa was ready to host the 2010 Fifa World Cup. Masinga was one of the official ambassadors of the soccer showpiece.

The Safa president says he and Masinga travelled to countries like New Zealand and Germany to convince them that Africa was ready and eager to host its first soccer World Cup.

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