EFF mourns the passing of Bafana Bafana legend Phil 'Chippa' Masinga

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Former Leeds striker Phil Masinga has died at the age of 49, the club have announced.

No further details have been announced about Masinga's death.

The late Masinga was born on 28 June 1969 in Klerksdorp in the North West and played among other clubs Jomo Cosmos, Leeds United in England together with Lucas Radebe, Saint Galliens in Switzerland as well as FC Bari in Italy and Salernitana. He was in the team in 1992 when South Africa played its first game after being allowed back into global soccer.

He played a key role in Bafana Bafana's World Cup-qualifying campaign, scoring the goal that sent South Africa to its first World Cup show piece.

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.

Masinga scored five times in 31 league appearances for Leeds.

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Leeds United's Phil Masinga tries a mid air kick at Coventry goal but keeper Steve Ogrizovic punches it away.

South African Football Association president Danny Jordan said he was "gutted" to lose "a loyal servant" of the game in the country.

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

Former Leeds players also paid tribute. "Thoughts with his friends and family".

"We can never forget the unforgettable moments such when he helped South Africa clinch the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations title and the famous goal that secured qualifications to the 1998 World Cup".

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