Phil Masinga was part of the squad that won SA 96' AFCON

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Former Leeds and South African striker Phil Masinga has died at the age of 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.

Masinga was born on 28 June 1969 in Klerksdorp in the North West and played for Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Jomo Cosmos‚ Leeds United‚ Saint Galliens in Switzerland‚ FC Bari and Salernitana in Italy‚ among other clubs.

The president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association‚ Buddha Mathathe, confirmed that Phil passed away in a Parktown hospital. The passing years, however, have cast him as a loyal servant to the country's national side.

Back home in South Africa, Masinga - or "Chippa", as he was nicknamed - made history with the brilliant, long-range strike which sent the Bafana Bafana to the World Cup for the first time in 1998.

Masinga was also a member of the victorious 1996 African Cup of Nations squad.

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South Africa has lost another giant.

"I am really gutted".

As the news of Philemon Masinga's passing is still being digested by many around the world, it is befitting to look at the former Bafana Bafana icon's colourful career.

Masinga also played for Leeds in the English Premiership in the 1990's, along with Lucas Radebe. "Football will never forget you".

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright wrote: "Rest in Peace Phil".

A physically formidable forward, he scored the goal that beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 in Soweto and took Bafana Bafana (The Boys) to the 1998 World Cup in France.