There’s Only One: Phil Masinga

Ollie Irish

10th, July 2008

Bringing yesteryear’s Premier League sticker album randoms into the 21st century
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Then: Philemon (just Phil to his mates) Masinga was snapped up from South African football in 1994 by serial South African football collectors Leeds United. Masinga’s stay in the Elland Road big-time lasted two seasons in which he played 31 games and scored five goals. After stints in Switzerland and Italy, Coventry City tried to bring the journeyman back to England in 2001. His work permit application was rejected and Philemon played out his career in the United Arab Emirates instead.

Now: Masinga is currently working on his South African soccer academy aimed at youngsters aged between 10 and 17. The former striker is also currently sitting on the 2010 World Cup organising committee with a host of other South African ex-pros. He said: “I am honoured to be an ambassador for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. It’s every player’s dream to play in this tournament and for it to be hosted in South Africa in 2010 is a great victory for the whole of Africa.” He also has a great website offering up incredible insights, including that his favourite labels are Armani and Kappa. Armani will be pleased!
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