Bafana Bafana legend Phil Masinga has died

Phil Masinga

Phil Masinga

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

It is not right, ' Buddha Mathathe, South African Masters and Legend Football Association told TimesLIVE. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play, SAFA President Dr Danny Jordaan was quoted as saying by the same twitter account.

Masinga made his debut for Bafana Bafana in July 1992 against Cameroon in South Africa's first match after re-admission to global football by Fifa.

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

Leeds United tweeted soon after the passing on of the football legend: "It is with great sadness that the club has learnt of former striker Phil Masinga's passing".

The forward arrived at Elland Road in 1994, in a deal which also saw club legend Lucas Radebe move to Yorkshire.

In 328 professional appearances, the striker scored 154 goals.

He is most celebrated for scoring the crucial goal to send South Africa to the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France.

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

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