Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga has died

Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga has died

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

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

The Bafana twitter account announced on Sunday morning that the 49-year-old had passed away.

It is not right, ' Buddha Mathathe, South African Masters and Legend Football Association told TimesLIVE.

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

"Phil was a loyal servant of the game‚ on and off the field of play". The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends'.

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

Masinga was also part of South Africa's golden generation of footballers who plied their trade overseas for many years.

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

He will be etched in South Africa soccer history for his goal against Congo that took Bafana to the 1998 World Cup.

Though he failed to make the same long-lasting impact in England, he did make Premier League 31 appearances for the club scoring five goals.