Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Leeds United: Phil Masinga dies aged 49

Phil Masinga in action for Leeds United during his time at the Elland Road club Masinga spent two years at Leeds United joining at the same time as compatriot Lucas Radebe
Cassandra Castillo | 13 January, 2019, 14:13

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

It is not right, ' Buddha Mathathe, South African Masters and Legend Football Association told TimesLIVE.

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

Masinga played in the English Premier League with Leeds United, alongside fellow Bafana legend Lucas Radebe and also had spells in the Italian Serie A for Salernitana and Bari.

Masinga made his debut for Bafana Bafana in July 1992 against Cameroon after the rainbow nation were readmitted into worldwide football by FIFA at the end of Apartheid.

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Legendary former Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga has passed away at the age of 49 after a short illness.

Masinga was hospitalized in December previous year after suffering from an "undisclosed illness", and was reportedly recovering at the Tshepong Hospital but was reportedly later moved to Parktown in Johannesburg.

The Bafana twitter account announced on Sunday morning that the 49-year-old had passed away.

He will be fondly remembered for his goal against Congo which ensured South Africa's qualification to their first World Cup in 1998.

It's understood the striker scored more than 150 goals in 328 professional appearances. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends'.

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