Phil Masinga: Former Leeds And South Africa Star Dies at 49
Phil Masinga, whose goal secured South Africa’s qualification to their first FIFA World Cup at France 1998, has passed away aged 49.
South African Football Association president Danny Jordan said he was “gutted” to lose “a loyal servant” of the game in the country.
“We have lost a giant of South African Football, this is a sad day for our football,” Jordan said on the SAFA website. “I am really gutted. I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar and although he was not feeling well, he was in good spirits and I promised to visit him again sometime this week and now our hero is gone.
“Phil was a loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play. His goal against Congo which took us to our first World Cup in France in 1998, is still the most celebrated goal in the country to date.”
He was admitted to hospital in his home town of Klerksdorp last month, before being moved to another site in Johannesburg where he lost his battle for life.
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The former striker earned more than 50 international caps, made two appearances at France 1998 and was also part of the Bafana Bafana squad that won the CAF Africa Cup of Nations on home soil in 1996.
Aside from playing for Leeds, he also spent four years in Serie A with Salernitana and Bari.