Leeds United: Phil Masinga dies aged 49

Phil Masinga

Phil Masinga

Masinga made his worldwide debut for South Africa in 1992 in the country's first match after readmission to global football post-apartheid.

He died after a long undisclosed illness.

South African soccer legend Philemon "Phil" Masinga has passed away, the nation's football association has announced on its Twitter account. "It is not right‚" said an emotional Mathathe on Sunday morning.

Masinga was also part of South Africa's golden generation of footballers who plied their trade overseas for many years.

When he got to Leeds, he spent two seasons at the club with his teammate Lucas Radebe.

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And he earned his place in South African history by scoring the decisive goal against DR Congo which secured qualification for the World Cup in France in 1998.

In 328 professional appearances, the striker scored 154 goals.

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

Buddha Mathathe‚ president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association, said: "He is gone".

"He is no ordinary legend‚ he was an worldwide legend". "The thoughts of everyone at Leeds are with his family and friends".

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