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Leeds United: Phil Masinga dies aged 49

13 January, 2019, 14:10 | Author: Candice Daniels
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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 sad day for South African football", said South Africa Football Association president Danny Jordaan.

"Phil was a loyal servant of the game‚ on and off the field of play".

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.

Masinga made his debut for Bafana Bafana in July 1992 against Cameroon in South Africa's first match after re-admission to global football by Fifa.

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

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

He will be etched in South Africa soccer history for his goal against Congo that took Bafana to the 1998 World Cup. "The thoughts of everyone at Leeds are with his family and friends".

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

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