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.
Buddha Mathathe‚ the president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association‚ told TimesLIVE that Phil Masinga passed away at a Parktown hospital on Sunday morning after a long illness. He was in the team in 1992 when South Africa played its first game after being allowed back into global soccer.
He won 58 caps for South Africa, helping them win the African Nations Cup on home soil in 1996.
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As it turned out, Masinga was at Leeds for two years while Radebe stayed nine and went on to captain the club and make more than 200 appearances.
Former Ghana worldwide footballer Anthony Baffoe also shared his sadness saying: "We have lost another hero-Phil Masinga just passed away-Rest well Phil".
Masinga played for Leeds until 1996, after which he moved to St Gallen in Switzerland. This is a sad day and I am gutted.
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Leeds United's Phil Masinga tries a mid air kick at Coventry goal but keeper Steve Ogrizovic punches it away.
"I saw him last Sunday before I flew to Dakar (for Confederation of African Football activities) and although Phil was not feeling well, he was in good spirits".
Former Leeds players also paid tribute. "Football will never forget you".
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The former Leeds United striker also scored the famous goal against the Republic of the Congo to send Bafana to the 1998 World Cup.