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

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

The legend also played for Leeds in the English Premiership in the 1990s, along with Lucas Radebe.

The 49-year-old Masinga lost a long battle with cancer at a Johannesburg hospital on Sunday morning.

The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed that Bafana Bafana legend Phil "Chippa" Masinga has died.

He formed part of the South Africa squad that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

"Phil was a loyal servant of the game‚ on and off the field of play".

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With him being around, there's calmness around the group, it's also a bit of a help to the captain, he is like a guiding light . In an interview to ANI, Rohit said , "Over the years we've seen the kind of presence he has in dressing room & on field".

Masinga made his debut for South Africa in July 1992 against Cameroon in his country's first match following readmission to global football by Fifa after the end of Apartheid.

He is most celebrated for scoring the crucial goal to send South Africa to the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France.

'It is such tragic loss for the family and for the entire country. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends'.

His stay in England was a short one, and was followed by an even shorter one in Switzerland, before moving to Italy, where he turned out for Salernitana and later Bari.

"He is no ordinary legend‚ he was an global legend".

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