South Africa and Leeds United star Phil Masinga dies at 49

Phil Masinga

LEEDS UNITED Former player Phil Masinga dies aged 49

Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga has died at the age of 49, the club have announced. "The thoughts of everyone at Leeds are with his family and friends".

No details about his death have been announced.

Before Percy Tau, before Benni McCarthy, there was one Phil Masinga - a giant in South African soccer and a man who scored some of the most memorable goals the country has seen. He was in the team in 1992 when South Africa played its first game after being allowed back into worldwide soccer.

During his spell in the Premier League, Masinga scored five goals in 31 appearances for Leeds United.

There is no doubt that Masinga is one of the most celebrated icons in the South African football arena after his huge contribution to the development of the game. This is a sad day and I am gutted.

He left for Swiss team St Gallen in 2006 and went on to play for Salernitana and Bari in Italy.

Anthony Baffoe, deputy secretary general of the African football confederation, wrote: "We have lost another hero in Phil Masinga".

With tributes still pouring in from people of all walks of life and from all corners of the globe, Goal takes a look at an illustrious career that made the Klerksdorp-born striker a true legend.

The legend also played for Leeds in the English Premiership in the 1990s, along with Lucas Radebe. "Football will never forget you. May your soul rest in flawless peace".

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.

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