South African legend, Philemon Masinga, dies

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He also 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. This is a sad day and I am gutted.

At 6-foot-4, Masinga was the centre forward for the South African team that won the African Cup of Nations in 1996, a multi-racial squad that made South Africans feel good about their soccer again after years of isolation under apartheid.

Despite Masinga not delivering the goals Leeds hoped for he was still immensely popular at the club.

Masinga scored five times in 31 league appearances for Leeds.

With the very sad news of his passing, we take a look at some of Chippa's finest strikes.

After a long illness, Phil Masinga (49) passed away on the morning of 13 January.

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Just before Phil Masinga etched his name into folklore, South Africa had the small matter of a friendly match against England at Old Trafford.

"A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play".

Masinga started his career at South African outfit Jomo Cosmos in 1990 and hung up his boots 12 years later when playing for Abu Dhabi side Al-Wahda.

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.

Former Arsenal striker Ian Wright wrote: "Rest in Peace Phil". "Football will never forget you".

Perhaps his most famous, however, was the one that saw South Africa qualify for the 1998 World Cup.

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