Former Bafana Bafana, Mamelodi Sundowns‚ Leeds United‚ Jomo Cosmos striker Phil Masinga has died at the age of 49.

The South African FA president Danny Jordan confirmed Masinga had died after battling illness.

Masinga spent two seasons at Leeds between 1994 and 1996, scoring five times for the Elland Road club.

He also had spells with Bari and St. Gallen although his most prolific stint came with Mameldodi Sundowns before his switch to England.

Former striker Masinga also won 58 caps for South Africa and scored the goal that saw them qualify for their first ever World Cup in 1998.

“Sad day for South African football. A loyal servant of the game, on and off the field of play,” Jordan confirmed in a statement.

Masinga was admitted to a Parktown hospital in December after falling ill.

It was confirmed he had passed away on Sunday morning.

Buddha Mathathe‚ the president of the South African Masters and Legend Football Association, said: “He is gone. Our legend is gone…….It is not right.

“It is such tragic loss for the family and for the entire country.

“He is no ordinary legend‚ he was an international legend.”

Leeds also paid tribute to their former striker on social media.