Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

According to reports in the local media, Masinga had been admitted to hospital early last month with an illnesss.

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Masinga was a key part of the Bafana Bafana side which won the African Cup of Nations in 1996, and which finished runners-up two years later. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play, SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan was quoted as saying by Bafana's twitter account.

Masinga scored 18 goals in 58 matches between 1992 and 2001 for South Africa, including the strike against Republic of the Congo, in 1997, that famously secured Bafana Bafana's first World Cup finals appearance, at the 1998 tournament in France. "It is not right‚" said an emotional Mathathe on Sunday morning.

'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".

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

South Africa Football Association have announced the death of former striker Phil Masinga at the age of 49. "Rest well Phil.May your soul rest in ideal peace".

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