Phil Masinga is dead, the former Leeds and South African international striker, passed away at the age of 49 after a long illness.
“Sad day for South African soccer. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play,” Jordan confirmed in a statement.
Masinga was a huge name in South African soccer after becoming among the first players to establish himself at the top leagues in Europe. He was admitted to hospital in his home town of Klerksdorp last month, before being moved to another site in Johannesburg where he lost his struggle for life.
Apart from playing for Leeds, he also spent four years in Serie A with Salernitana and Bari. The forward arrived at Elland Road in 1994, in a deal which also saw club legend Lucas Radebe move to Yorkshire.
Masinga was a key part of the Bafana Bafana side which won the African Cup of Nations in 1996, and which ended runners-up two decades later. And he earned his place in South African history by scoring the decisive goal against DR Congo which secured qualification for the World Cup in France in 1998.