Former South Africa worldwide Phil Masinga dies at age 49

Lynette Rowe
January 13, 2019

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

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

No details about his death have been announced.

"Chippa" as Masinga was popularly known in football circles, died of a cancer-related disease at a Johannesburg hospital on Sunday morning.

Manager Howard Wilkinson signed Masinga and countryman Lucas Radebe.

Masinga played for Leeds until 1996, after which he moved to St Gallen in Switzerland.

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Soccer Laduma sends their deepest condolences to family and friends of the late Masinga.

"A sad day for South African football", said South Africa Football Association president Danny Jordaan.

Masinga was a key part of the Bafana Bafana side which won the African Cup of Nations in 1996, and which finished runners-up two years later.

He will be fondly remembered for his goal against Congo which ensured South Africa's qualification to their first World Cup in 1998.

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

"A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play", he added in a twit.

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