Tributes continue to pour in for former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana Bafana striker Bennet Masinga who passed away on Friday, 15 November 2013.
He was 48.
Masinga was laid to rest on Thursday, 21 November in Stilfontein in the North West Province.
President of SAFA, Dr Danny Jordaan was at a loss for words on hearing of the death of the pint-sized striker.
“We would like to convey our heartfelt condolences to the Masinga family, his fans and friends for their sad loss. We have lost some of the good football brains in recent times and Bennet is one of them. He was also among some of the players who laid the foundation for the current crop of Bafana Bafana players and for that we will forever be indebted to him. May his soul rest in peace,” said Dr Jordaan.
Messages of condolences have also been received from the highest office of football, from FIFA President Sepp Blatter.
“Ït is with great sadness in my heart that I write to you today having learned of the passing of former international player Bennet Masinga. Personally, and on behalf of the international football family, friends and loved ones, as well as to the South African football community, we would hope that in some way, our words of support may help bring a little peace and solace at this time of sadness,” said Blatter in a letter addressed to Dr Jordaan.
Masinga was born in Klerksdorp and donned the national team jersey five times.
He started his professional career with Klerksdorp City in 1986.
Masinga played for Mamelodi Sundowns from 1987 to 1994. Benito, as he was commonly known, then moved to Cape Town to be on the books of First Division side Seven Stars, helping them to win promotion to the PSL.
He has also played for Santos, Hellenic and Bloemfontein Celtic.
Bennet is the cousin of former Bafana Bafana striker Phil “Chippa” Masinga.