Phil Masinga has passed away, aged 49

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He also played for Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns, Leeds and Bari amongst other clubs.

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".

No further details have been announced about Masinga's death.

According to reports in the local media, Masinga had been admitted to hospital early last month with an illnesss.

Masinga also played for Leeds in the English Premiership in the 1990's, along with Lucas Radebe.

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

"Chippa" was one of the most influential figures in South African football as he helped take the national team to dizzy heights during his time as a player.

Buddha Mathathe‚ president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association, said: "He is gone. The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends", the club said on Twitter.

"A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play". "May your soul rest in flawless peace".

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