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Phil Masinga: the South Africa striker who made Premier League history with Leeds | Ed Aarons

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Phil Masinga, who has died at the age of 49, was the first black South African player to play in the Premier LeagueTwo decades later, Phil Masinga had not forgotten the advice Howard Wilkinson gave him on his first day at Leeds United, in the summer of 1994. “He told me not be scared of anyone,” recalled Masinga when we spoke for the last time at the end of 2015. “Howard said I was as good as everyone else and told me just to do my best because I was capable of being a top player. Gordon Strachan was very friendly and tried hard to make us feel comfortable. He’s the one who helped me open a bank account.”Born and raised in the township of Khuma, outside Klerksdorp in South Africa’s remote North West Province, Masinga – whose death from cancer at the age of 49 was announced over the

'All guilty': Marseille fans spell out their anger at players, coach and club

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Marseille are without a win in eight games after their dispiriting 1-1 draw at home to MonacoBy Adam White and Eric Devin for Get French Football NewsMarseille’s recent travails continued at the Vélodrome on Sunday during and after their disappointing 1-1 draw with Monaco. The game not only underscored issues in terms of their squad building, but also their fans’ heightened level of dissatisfaction. Marseille’s failure to invest in the summer has left the club lacking depth, at least in the opinion of their manager Rudi Garcia.Not for the first time this season, Garcia picked Luiz Gustavo in central defence. This had been a matter of necessity in the past, as Rolando had been unavailable, but on Sunday Adil Rami sat on the bench while Luiz Gustavo partnered Rolando. Quite apart from

Hillsborough police chief goes on trial for manslaughter

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David Duckenfield faces criminal charge 30 years after 96 died at FA Cup semi-finalAlmost 30 years since 96 men, women and children were killed at the FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest at Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough football ground, the trial has started of the police officer in command of the match, David Duckenfield, on a criminal charge of gross negligence manslaughter.Graham Mackrell, the Sheffield Wednesday club secretary and safety officer at the time of the disaster, is standing trial alongside Duckenfield, on two counts of breaching his duties under safety legislation. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Hillsborough police chief goes on trial for manslaughter

Martin O’Neill set to be appointed Nottingham Forest manager

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• Former Forest player poised to replace Aitor Karanka• O’Neill hoping to bring in Roy Keane as his assistantMartin O’Neill is poised to become the new manager of Nottingham Forest in a move that would return him to the club where he won two European Cups during the Brian Clough years.Evangelos Marinakis, the Forest owner, has held talks with O’Neill in Birmingham and London over the last 48 hours and the club are optimistic about finalising a deal for the man they have identified as the outstanding candidate to take over a team four points outside the Championship play-offs. Continue reading... Source: Football News Link : Martin O’Neill set to be appointed Nottingham Forest manager