Former Leeds United and South Africa striker Phil Masinga dies aged 49

Phil Masinga in action for Leeds against Arsenal in 1994

Masinga was born on 28 June 1969 in Klerksdorp in the North West and played among other clubs Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Jomo Cosmos‚ Leeds United‚ Saint Galliens in Switzerland‚ FC Bari and Salernitana in Italy.

Masinga had previously been reported to have been recovering well after being admitted to hospital with an undisclosed illness.

"Sad day for South African football", said South Africa Football Association president Danny Jordaan.

Masinga made his debut for Bafana Bafana in July 1992 against Cameroon in South Africa's first match after re-admission to global football by Fifa. "It is not right‚" said an emotional Mathathe on Sunday morning.

Masinga was 49 years old.

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Legendary former Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga has passed away at the age of 49 after a short illness.

The former Leeds United striker also scored the famous goal against the Republic of the Congo to send Bafana to the 1998 World Cup.

"The thoughts of everyone at LUFC are with his family and friends".

When he got to Leeds, he spent two seasons at the club with his teammate Lucas Radebe.

The former forward made 31 league appearances for Leeds, scoring five goals.

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