Phil Masinga: Ex-Leeds and South Africa striker dies aged 49

Phil Masinga: Ex-Leeds and South Africa striker dies aged 49

The South African worldwide striker spent two years at Leeds United in England.

Former Bafana Bafana forward Phil Chippa Masinga has died aged 49, says the country's football association.

No details about his death have been announced.

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

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

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He left for Swiss team St Gallen in 2006 and went on to play for Salernitana and Bari in Italy. "The thoughts of everyone at the club are with his family and friends".

Masinga will forever be remembered for scoring the famous goal against the Republic of the Congo to send Bafana to the 1998 World Cup.

Cape Town - South African Football Association (SAFA) president, Danny Jordaan, has reacted to the untimely passing of South African soccer legend, Phil "Chippa" Masinga.

Masinga was also a member of the victorious 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright wrote: "Rest in Peace Phil".

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