The South African Football Association (SAFA) has confirmed the death of their football legend, Phil Masinga.
He died aged 49 after battling a short illness.
The 1996 African Cup of Nations winner played for English side, Leeds United between 1994 and 1996.
He also played for St Gallen in Switzerland as well as Italian clubs, Salernitana and Bari.
Confirming the news, SAFA president Danny Jordaan said it’s “Sad day for South African football.”
“A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play.”
The player made his debut on July 1992 against Cameroon in South Africa’s first match after re-admission to international football by FIFA.
It was Phil Masinga’s goal that qualified South Africa for its first World Cup appearance in 1998 in their game against Congo.