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Former Leeds United striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49

Phil Masinga has died aged 49

A Bafana Bafana international who played at the World Cup in 1998, Phil Masinga has died aged 49.

That news has been confirmed by South Africa’s Times Live, who have reported the following:

Buddha Mathathe‚ the president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association‚ told TimesLIVE that Masinga passed away at a Parktown hospital on Sunday morning after a long illness.

“He is gone. Our legend is gone…….It is not right‚” said an emotional Mathathe on Sunday morning.

“It is such tragic loss for the family and for the entire country.

“He is no ordinary legend‚ he was an international legend.”

Masinga’s most famous moment for South Africa came when he scored a 30-yarder against Congo which qualified the Rainbow Nation to the ’98 World Cup.

Leeds United & Phil Masinga

Phil Masinga became a household name in the 1990s in England after he joined Leeds United from Mamelodi Sundowns.

Masinga spent two seasons at Elland Road before he left to join St Gallen in Switzerland.

In total at Leeds, Masinga scored 11 career goals in all competitions.

His most famous goal came against Arsenal at Highbury in 1994.

Phil Masinga’s career

Phil Masinga started his career with Jomo Cosmos in South Africa.

Towards the tail end of his career, he spent four years living in Italy.

Masinga played for Salernitana and Bari. His final club was Al-Wahda.

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