Phil Masinga was announced dead of an undisclosed illness on Sunday at age.

CAF deputy General Secretary says the death of Phil Masinga is a great loss to South African football.

“He was a great player and one of the best among his generation. South African football has been left with a huge vacuum,” these were the words of CAF Deputy General Secretary, Anthony Baffoe, upon hearing the death of Phil Masinga.

Nicknamed ‘Chippa’, he was a key cog of the Bafana Bafana squad that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996 on home soil. He also played at the FIFA World Cup in 1998 in France.

“On behalf of CAF President Ahmad Ahmad, and the entire African football family, we extend our heartfelt condolences to the South African Football Association (SAFA) and the bereaved family. Our thoughts are with them in this difficult moment,” Baffoe added.

Masinga played with Radebe at Leeds United between 1994 and 1996 and also had spells at St Gallen in Switzerland and Italian clubs Salernitana and Bari.

Masinga made his debut for South Africa in July 1992 against Cameroon in his country's first match following their readmission to international football by Fifa after the end of Apartheid.

He will best be remembered for his goal against Congo, which ensured South Africa qualified for their first World Cup appearance in 1998.

Masinga was also a member of the victorious 1996 Africa Cup of Nations squad