Former Leeds and South Africa striker Phil Masinga has died at the age of 49 following illness.

The South African Football Association said Masinga died in a Johannesburg hospital from a 'cancer related disease.'

SAFA said Masinga was diagnosed with cancer just last month when he was transferred from a hospital in his home town of Klerksdorp to the hospital in Johannesburg.

Masinga started his career at South African outfit Jomo Cosmos in 1990 and hung up his boots 12 years later while playing for Abu Dhabi side Al-Wahda.

He won 58 caps and scored 18 goals for his country, including the memorable strike against Congo which sent South Africa to the World Cup for the first time in 1998.

Masinga was also a part of the South African side that lifted the African Nations Cup on home soil in 1996.

Tributes have poured in for the ex-Leeds forward, who notched five goals in 31 league matches for the club.