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Phil 'Chippa' Masinga Answers The Rest Of Your Questions

Chippa is in the building and is answering your questions! Today, the national hero discusses playing with Doctor and Shoes, playing football in England versus playing in Italy, how he got scouted, and that famous goal that sent us to our first ever World Cup.

brian.ndlela@yahoo.co.za – Did playing with the likes of Doctor Khumalo, the late Shoes Moshoeu, Zane Moosa, etc. who were good dribblers and passers of the ball, make it easier for you to score goals? Do we currently lack playmakers and good readers of the game like you guys who could read your opponent and could very well understand your ball supplies?

PM: I can say that we had a balanced team, both in defence and offence. The likes of Doctor, Zane and Shoes had to do what they had to do to make sure that we got the opportunities to score goals, while the likes of the late Sizwe Motaung, David Nyathi, Lucas Radebe and Mark Fish made sure we didn't concede a lot of goals at the back. We complemented each other very well and we worked hard for each other. We have good readers of the game in our team. The problem is consistency in terms of selecting players.

Dctrsdiro – What are your thoughts on Shakes Mashaba selecting underperforming players instead of in-form players?

PM: I wouldn't get too much on the selection of the national squad. The coach is the one who knows what he wants, and whoever he selects, for him that's the best player for that position.

Luckeezp28s'rhali – Where did you enjoy your football most, and how was it playing in a different country, like England or Italy? How was the atmosphere in those countries?

PM: It was not that easy. My first time arriving in England as an amateur player and turning professional overnight was not that easy. I struggled at first, but I think when I went to Italy, I managed to adapt easily because of my experience in England.

Nikolaos Kirkinis – How were you scouted as a player?  

PM: I was scouted by the team scout of Leeds United. He saw me playing for Sundowns and Bafana, and after one of the matches with Bafana he came to me and told me that I can make it in England, and asked whether I would like to go and play there, and I agreed. The lucky part of it is that I didn't have to undergo trials. They were ready for me to come in and play.

Rodney Mashego – Please take us through your goal against Congo that took Bafana to our first World Cup.

PM: It was one of the most exciting moments of our country, after winning the Afcon in 1996. We only needed a draw to go through to the World Cup in 1998, but we had to ensure that they didn't get a chance to come back in the game and sneak in a goal. It was also very important for us to go through. I still get goosebumps when I see that goal on television even today, and it is important for our country to treasure such memories.

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