John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu former Bafana Bafana and Kazier Chiefs player passed away on Tuesday afternoon at the age 49. He died after a long battle with cancer. Moshoeu’s skill and passion for football made him a delight to watch. In memory of this football giant, here are some highlights of his illustrious career.
1.’ Shooooooozzzzzzzzzz’ As Moshoeu was affectionately known played 73 games in Bafana colours. In total he scored 8 goals for them.
2. Moshoeu, an attacking midfielder, was coach of Alexandra United FC, an amateur ABC Motsepe League side, up until May 2014
The ABC Motsepe League, formerly known as the Vodacom League is the National Second Division league and it is the third tier of the South African Football structure.
3. He played internationally as well for Turkish clubs such as Fenerbahçe and Bursaspor between 1997-2003, appearing 123 times in total for both teams.
Both teams form part of the Turkish Süper Lig, which is the professional soccer league in Turkey.
4. Moshoeu became one of the oldest players to have appeared in the African Cup of Nations in 2004. Shortly afterwards he ended his international career.
5.Most important of all, it seems Shoes was a wonderful human being, and an equally wonderful sportsman. Here are some tweets from former team mates and people he’s worked with:
“We became team-mates & room-mates at Kaizer Chiefs & Bafana Bafana. I will miss him & may his (Shoes) soul rest in peace” – Doctor Khumalo
— Kaizer Chiefs (@Kaizer_Chiefs) April 21, 2015
SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan:“Shoes was a genius on the field, an intelligent man off it. He was humble & always willing to give advice”
— SuperSport Blitz (@SuperSportBlitz) April 21, 2015