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

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

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

No cause of death has been given, though Radebe said Masinga had lost a battle with cancer.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has joined a number of people and organisations in expressing its sadness at the passing of former South African legendary footballer Phil "Chippa" Masinga. The passing years, however, have cast him as a loyal servant to the country's national side.

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

Masinga was part of the South African team that won the African Cup of Nations in 1996. Nine goals in his first season were followed by only two in his second, although one finish helped Leeds into the final of the League Cup in 1996 but having failed to meet United Kingdom work-permit requirements, Masinga was sold to St Gallen in Switzerland later that summer.

"We have lost a giant of South African Football".

Just before Phil Masinga etched his name into folklore, South Africa had the small matter of a friendly match against England at Old Trafford.

The legend also played for Leeds in the English Premiership in the 1990s, along with Lucas Radebe.

Former Leeds team-mate Noel Whelan tweeted: "Really sad news to learn that a guy I spent so much time with, laughs and games together, has passed away". I'll never forget Phil and the chief arriving at #ER full of smiles and hope....and thermals!

A physically formidable forward, he scored the goal that beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in Soweto and took Bafana Bafana (The Boys) to the 1998 World Cup in France.

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