Bafana Legend Masinga Passes Away

Phil Masinga in action for Leeds against Arsenal in 1994

South Africa has lost another giant. "The fans took him as a hero and he never looked back".

Reportedly, Radebe was only part of the deal to keep Masinga, viewed as the more valuable asset, happy in a foreign land.

The early portents were good.

"He was easy to get along with and he was most respected at the club as a person".

Among his achievements was a hat-trick he scored in England for Leeds against Walsall in the FA Cup on 17 January 1995.

Within a matter of days, Wilkinson spent £3.4m to bring Tony Yeboah in from Eintracht Frankfurt, increasing competition up front dramatically.

Masinga played for Leeds until 1996, after which he moved to St Gallen in Switzerland. A spell at Bari followed before his retirement through injury at the age of 32.

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Away from West Yorkshire, Masinga 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.

The attacker scored 18 goals in 58 worldwide appearances between 1992 and 2001.

"It was tough, it was killing me", Masinga has been quoted as saying. The passing years, however, have cast him as a loyal servant to the country's national side.

Malinga was confirmed dead at a South African hospital on Sunday morning.

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

Nonetheless, Masinga will forever be remembered as a true legend of the South African game, and Goal would like to offer our sincerest condolences to the Masinga family, friends as well as colleagues who have certainly been shocked by the death of an icon.

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