Phil Masinga was a rare breed, says Jordaan

Clive Barker and Philemon Masinga

Former Leeds and South African striker Phil Masinga has died at the age of 49.

He was admitted to hospital in December after he was diagnosed with cancer.

"Sad day for South African football", South African Football Association president Danny Jordan said in a post on the social media platform.

He was signed for Leeds by then manager Howard Wilkinson at the same time as his compatriot Lucas Radebe.

Masinga will forever be remembered for scoring the famous goal against the Republic of the Congo to send Bafana to the 1998 World Cup.

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Masinga played for Leeds until 1996, after which he moved to St Gallen in Switzerland.

By Paul Nyathi|Legendary South African footballer Philmon Malinga has died. "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", added a sombre Jordaan.

With tributes pouring in from family, friends, Safa, supporters and former clubs such as Leeds, the details of his funeral are yet to be announced.

The former Jomo Cosmos hitman represented the 1996 African champions for more than 50 times and netted 18 goals, he was a key player for coach Clive Barker's squad in 1996 where they lifted the Caf Africa Cup of Nations trophy on homesoil. "May your soul rest in flawless peace".

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