Phil Masinga was part of the squad that won SA 96' AFCON

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Former Bafana Bafana striker Phil Masinga has died aged 49.

No cause of death has been given, though Radebe said Masinga had lost a battle with cancer.

Masinga was born on 28 June 1969 in Klerksdorp in the North West and played for Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Jomo Cosmos‚ Leeds United‚ Saint Galliens in Switzerland‚ FC Bari and Salernitana in Italy‚ among other clubs.

South African football association Danny Jordaan says he has sweet memories of Masinga.

The legend is also known for scoring the crucial goal that sent Bafana Bafana to the 1998 Fifa World Cup held in France. He formed part of the South Africa squad that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Radebe went on to become an icon at Leeds, a club captain and ambassador who was recognised as one of the Premier League's leading centre-backs, but Masinga's two years at Elland Road earned him some affection.

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South Africa has lost another giant.

Just before Phil Masinga etched his name into folklore, South Africa had the small matter of a friendly match against England at Old Trafford. This is a sad day and I am gutted.

Many people took to Twitter to reminisce about "Chippa".

Masinga's former Leeds team-mates also paid emotional tributes to the striker. I'll never forget Phil and the chief arriving at #ER full of smiles and hope....and thermals! "Thoughts with his friends and family".

Dominic Matteo added: "Shocked and saddened to hear the News of Phil Masinga passing away at such a young age".

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

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