Former S. Africa and Leeds striker Phil Masinga dies at 49

Phil Masinga, the previous South Africa and Leeds United striker who scored the aim that took his country to the World Cup for the first time, has died on the age of 49.

The South African Football Association says Masinga died Sunday in a Johannesburg hospital from a “cancer associated illness.” SAFA says Masinga was recognized with most cancers simply last month when he was transferred from a hospital in his house town of Klerksdorp to the hospital in Johannesburg.

Masinga additionally played in Switzerland, Italy and the United Arab Emirates in his 12-yr professional career.

He performed 58 occasions for South Africa however is greatest remembered for the fierce lengthy-range strike towards Republic of Congo at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg in 1997 that saw Bafana Bafana, then the champions of Africa, qualify for the 1998 World Cup in France.

It sparked joyous scenes in South Africa, a country nonetheless basking in the afterglow of the fall of apartheid and the election of Nelson Mandela as president three years earlier.

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