Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49

Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49

Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49

The South African played in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club for two years after joining from Mamelodi Sundowns in 1994.

Former South Africa and Leeds United striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49, says his country's football association.

No further details have been released about his death.

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

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

The club announced his passing on social media on Sunday morning, saying: "It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga's passing".

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Masinga joined Swiss side St Gallen in 1996 and later moved to Italian sides Salernitana and Bari. "The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends‚" the club tweeted.

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

Tony Dorigo said on Twitter: "Very sad news, RIP my friend".

Masinga passed away on Sunday. "May your soul rest in ideal peace". "Football will never forget you".

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