The former Leeds and South African striker Phil Masinga dies at the age of 49

It is so "tragic loss for the family and for the whole country": the former Leeds and South African striker Phil Masinga dies at the age of 49 when tributions pour in

  • Phil Masinga played for two years in the Premier League for the Yorkshire club
  • The South African striker joined Leeds from Mamelodi Sundowns in 1994
  • & # 39; The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC lie with his family and friends & # 39 ;, Leeds wrote

Kate Mcgreavy for Mailonline

The former Leeds and South African striker Phil Masinga died at the age of 49.

Masinga played for two years in the Eredivisie for the Yorkshire club between 1994 and 1996 after his participation in Mamelodi Sundowns, who play in the Premier Soccer League in South Africa.

The club revealed the news on Sunday and wrote on Twitter: & # 39; It is with great sadness that the club has heard of the death of former striker Phil Masinga. Everyone's thoughts at #LUFC lie with his family and friends. & # 39;

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

Leeds manager at the time Howard Wilkinson signed Masinga and compatriot Lucas Radebe. Masinga joined the Swiss side of St. Gallen in 1996 and later moved to the Italian side Salernitana and Bari.

Masinga started his career in 1990 with the South African Jomo Cosmos and hung his boots 12 years later while he played for Abu Dhabi at Al-Wahda.

He won 58 caps and scored 18 goals for his country, including the memorable strike against Congo that sent South Africa for the first time to the 1998 World Cup.

Masinga celebrates the victory in the final of the African Nations Cup against Tunisia in February 1996

Masinga celebrates the victory in the final of the African Nations Cup against Tunisia in February 1996

Masinga celebrates the victory in the final of the African Nations Cup against Tunisia in February 1996

Masinga was also part of the South African side that in 1996 lifted the African Nations Cup on its own soil.

& # 39; He is gone. Our legend has disappeared ……. It is not right, "Buddha Mathathe, South African masters and Legend Football Association told TimesLIVE.

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

He is no ordinary legend, he was an international legend. & # 39;

& # 39; Sad day for South African football. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the playing field, said South African Football Association president Dr. Danny Jordaan in a statement on Twitter.

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