Football Legend Phil Masinga Has died, Aged 49

Silvia Morton
January 14, 2019

Masinga made his debut for South Africa in July 1992 against Cameroon in his country's first match following readmission to global football by Fifa after the end of Apartheid. This is a sad day and I am gutted.

During the same year, the tall striker helped coach Clive Barker's Bafana lift the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations trophy on home soil and it remains the country's only continental trophy triumph to date.

Despite Masinga not delivering the goals Leeds hoped for he was still immensely popular at the club.

He is fondly remembered for scoring the goal that sent Bafana Bafana to the 1998 World Cup.

With tributes still pouring in from people of all walks of life and from all corners of the globe, Goal takes a look at an illustrious career that made the Klerksdorp-born striker a true legend.

According to reports in the local media, Masinga had been admitted to hospital early last month with an illnesss.

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Leeds United's Phil Masinga tries a mid air kick at Coventry goal but keeper Steve Ogrizovic punches it away.

"Phil was a big hit with the team and the players". Masinga joined Swiss side St Gallen in 1996 and later moved to Italian sides Salernitana and Bari.

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

Tony Dorigo said on Twitter: "Very sad news, RIP my friend. May your soul rest in flawless peace". "Football will never forget you".

A physically formidable forward, he scored the goal that beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in Soweto and took Bafana Bafana (The Boys) to the 1998 World Cup in France.

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