Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49

Ross Houston
January 13, 2019

The club announced his passing on social media on Sunday morning, saying: "It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga's passing".

Masinga, who spent time in hospital in December for an undiagnosed illness was 49.

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

The president of the South African Football Association, Danny Jordan, said: "Sad day for South African football".

"His goal against Congo which took us (South Africa) to our first World Cup in France in 1998‚ is still the most celebrated goal in the country to date‚" he said.

He was also a member of the squad that became champions of Africa when South Africa hosted and won the Nations Cup in 1996.

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

He played club football in South Africa for Jomo Cosmos and Mamelodi Sundowns before moving to Leeds United in 1994, in a deal that saw fellow South Africa star Lucas Radebe also move to Elland Road.

Though he failed to make the same long-lasting impact in England, he did make Premier League 31 appearances for the club scoring five goals.

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