Football Legend Phil Masinga Has died, Aged 49

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The South African played for Leeds United between 1994 and 1996.

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

In December he was admitted to the Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp with an "undisclosed illness".

He was signed for Leeds by then manager Howard Wilkinson at the same time as his compatriot Lucas Radebe.

Masinga joined Swiss side St Gallen in 1996 and later moved to Italian sides Salernitana and Bari.

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He won 58 caps for South Africa, helping them win the African Nations Cup on home soil in 1996.

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.

With tributes pouring in from family, friends, Safa, supporters and former clubs such as Leeds, the details of his funeral are yet to be announced.

Buddha Mathathe‚ the president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association‚ told SowetanLIVE that Masinga passed away at a Parktown hospital on Sunday morning after a long illness.

"I am really gutted. May your soul rest in ideal peace".

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