Former Leeds and South African striker Phil Masinga dies aged 49

Phil Masinga in action for Leeds against Arsenal in 1994

According to reports, Masinga was hospitalised in December.

The president of the South African Football Association, Danny Jordan, said: "Sad day for South African football".

"Jordaan visited him with members of his executive committee last week before flying out to Dakar‚ Senegal‚ and said he didn't look too well but didn't expect him to 'leave us so soon".

The former Jomo Cosmos hitman represented the 1996 African champions for more than 50 times and netted 18 goals, he was a key player for coach Clive Barker's squad in 1996 where they lifted the Caf Africa Cup of Nations trophy on homesoil.

Masinga was most famous for his long-range strike against Congo at FNB Stadium in 1997, which secured South Africa qualification to its very first Fifa World Cup finals in France the following year.

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

"He is no ordinary legend‚ he was an global legend". The thoughts of everyone at #LUFC are with his family and friends'.

Masinga was 49 years old.

South Africa Football Association have announced the death of former striker Phil Masinga at the age of 49.

The South African global striker spent two years at Leeds United in England. "Rest well Phil.May your soul rest in ideal peace".

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