Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga has passed away

Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga has passed away

Former Leeds United and South Africa striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49.

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

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

Masinga was also part of South Africa's golden generation of footballers who plied their trade overseas for many years. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends'.

Masinga started his career at South African outfit Jomo Cosmos in 1990 and hung up his boots 12 years later when playing for Abu Dhabi side Al-Wahda.

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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.

Manager Howard Wilkinson signed Masinga and countryman Lucas Radebe.

"A sad day for South African football", said South Africa Football Association president Danny Jordaan.

"It is such tragic loss for the family and for the entire country".