Former Bafana Bafana striker Philemon Masinga passes away

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Former Leeds United and South Africa striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49.

Masinga was a key part of the Bafana Bafana side which won the African Cup of Nations in 1996, and which finished runners-up two years later.

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 Bafana's twitter account.

Masinga played for Leeds between 1994 and 1996 and also had spells at St Gallen in Switzerland and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.

Masinga made his debut for Bafana Bafana in July 1992 against Cameroon after the rainbow nation were readmitted into global football by FIFA at the end of Apartheid.

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The lanky forward netted against Congo Brazzaville at the FNB Stadium, a goal which ensured the South Africans booked their ticket to the 1998 Fifa World Cup, which was staged in France.

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

The South African football fraternity is mourning the passing of former striker Philemon Masinga who was recently hospitalised following an illness.

He was 49 years old.

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