Football Legend Phil Masinga Has died, Aged 49

Phil Masinga

Phil Masinga

"Sad day for South African football".

Confederation of African Football deputy secretary general‚ Anthony Baffoe‚ took to Twitter on Sunday and posted: "We have lost another hero - Phil Masinga just passed away".

Born in Klerksdorp in the North West province, Masinga passed away at the age of 49 and will be remembered most fondly by the crucial goal which he scored for Bafana in 1997.

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

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

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

Masinga played for Leeds between 1994 and 1996 and also had spells at St Gallen in Switzerland and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.

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

Perhaps his most famous, however, was the one that saw South Africa qualify for the 1998 World Cup.

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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