LISTICLE: RIP John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu

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 club that Moshoeu coached for till May 2014.

The club that Moshoeu coached of till 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.

The former Bafana Bafana midfielder Shoes Moshoeu. Photo:

Legend: Former Bafana Bafana and Kazier Chiefs player, Shoes Moshoeu. Photo:

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: