Legendary Bafana player Phil Masinga passes away at 49

Phil Masinga in action for Leeds against Arsenal in 1994

Phil Masinga in action for Leeds against Arsenal in 1994

Masinga played for Leeds between 1994 and 1996 making 31 appearances and scoring five goals.

Former Leeds United and South Africa striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49.

No further details have been released about his death.

He featured in the South Africa side that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 and when when Bafana Bafana finished second to Egypt in the 1998 tournament.

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Cape Town - South African Football Association (SAFA) president, Danny Jordaan, has reacted to the untimely passing of South African soccer legend, Phil "Chippa" Masinga.

The club announced his passing on social media on Sunday morning, saying: "It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga's passing".

His stay in England was a short one, and was followed by an even shorter one in Switzerland, before moving to Italy, where he turned out for Salernitana and later Bari. "The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends", the club said on Twitter.

Bafana Bafana legend Philemon "Chippa" Masinga has passed away. We'll never forget your goal that took South Africa to their first World Cup in 1998.

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