Former South Africa global Phil Masinga dies at age 49

Phil Masinga in action for Leeds against Arsenal in 1994

Masinga played for Leeds between 1994 and 1996 and also had spells at St Gallen in Switzerland and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.

Kick Off reported last month that Masinga had been recovering well after he was admitted to hospital with an undisclosed illness.

The South African Football Association (Safa) has confirmed that Bafana Bafana legend Phil "Chippa" Masinga has died.

He was also a member of the squad that became champions of Africa when South Africa hosted and won the Nations Cup in 1996.

South Africa Football Association have announced the death of former striker Phil Masinga at the age of 49.

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

Manager Howard Wilkinson signed Masinga and countryman Lucas Radebe.

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

It's understood the striker scored more than 150 goals in 328 professional appearances.

'It is such tragic loss for the family and for the entire country.

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