Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Phil Masinga has died

Phil Masinga has died

South African soccer legend Philemon "Phil" Masinga has passed away, the nation's football association has announced on its Twitter account.

The center-forward played in the Premier League with Leeds United between 1994 and 1996 before moving to Swiss side St. Gallen and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.

"His goal against Congo which took us (South Africa) to our first World Cup in France in 1998‚ is still the most celebrated goal in the country to date‚" he said. "It is not right‚" said an emotional Mathathe on Sunday morning.

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".

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

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.

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

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

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