Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga dies at the age of 49

Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga dies at the age of 49

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The former Leeds striker Phil Masinga died at the age of 49, the club has announced.

The South African played for two years in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club after joining Mamelodi Sundowns in 1994.

"It is with great sadness that the club has heard of the passing of former striker Phil Masinga, the thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends," the club said on Twitter.

No details about his death have been published.

Masinga was meanwhile signed by Leeds Manager Howard Wilkinson at the same time as his compatriot Lucas Radebe and scored five times in 31 league matches for the Elland Road side.

He left for the Swiss team St. Gallen in 2006 and then played for Salernitana and Bari in Italy.

The former Leeds striker Phil Masinga died at the age of 49 (Paul Barker / PA).

The former Leeds striker Phil Masinga died at the age of 49 (Paul Barker / PA).

He won 58 caps for South Africa and helped them win the African Nations Cup at home in 1996.

He also scored the decisive goal against Congo, which sealed South Africa's qualification for the 1998 World Cup, the first time they had qualified for the tournament.

"Sad day for South African football A loyal servant of the game, both on and off the pitch, South African Football Association president Dr. Danny Jordaan said in a statement on Twitter.

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