Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Phil Masinga: Ex-Leeds and South Africa striker dies aged 49

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Kristopher Love | 13 January, 2019, 14:10

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

Masinga was admitted into Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp last month and then later moved to Parktown.

South African Football Association (Safa) president Danny Jordaan joined the football world in remembering and mourning Masinga.

Former Leeds United and South Africa striker Phil Masinga has tragically died at the age of just 49, it has been confirmed.

The Bafana twitter account announced on Sunday morning that the 49-year-old had passed away. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends'.

The former Jomo Cosmos hitman represented the 1996 African champions for more than 50 times and netted 18 goals, he was a key player for coach Clive Barker's squad in 1996 where they lifted the Caf Africa Cup of Nations trophy on homesoil.

Masinga scored the crucial goal to send Bafana to the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France.

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

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