Former South Africa worldwide Phil Masinga dies at age 49

Heather Diaz
January 13, 2019

The former Jomo Cosmos hitman represented the 1996 African champions for more than 50 times and netted 18 goals, he was a key player for coach Clive Barker's squad in 1996 where they lifted the Caf Africa Cup of Nations trophy on homesoil. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play, SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan was quoted as saying by Bafana's twitter account.

The center-forward played in the Premier League with Leeds United between 1994 and 1996 before moving to Swiss side St. Gallen and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.

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

Malinga was confirmed dead at a South African hospital on Sunday morning.

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In December he was admitted to the Tshepong Hospital in Klerksdorp with an "undisclosed illness". "The thoughts of everyone at Leeds are with his family and friends".

Former South Africa and Leeds United striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49, says his country's football association.

He is remembered for scoring the goal that helped Bafana qualify for their first World Cup.

It's understood the striker scored more than 150 goals in 328 professional appearances.

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