KICK OFF has been informed that one of South Africa’s greatest ever footballers, John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu, passed away today after a long battle with stomach cancer.
Shoes, 49, was one of the stars of Bafana Bafana’s victorious 1996 Africa Cup of Nations team and held a special place in the hearts of South African football fans.
We at KICK OFF deeply mourn the passing of a legend, whose greatness was amplified by his modesty and kindness.
Moshoeu began his career in Diepkloof with local amateur side Blue Whales before joining Kaizer Chiefs’ reserve side. After failing to break in to the first team, he joined Giant Blackpool where he teamed up with the likes of Fani Madida and Jury Bantwana.
In 1991 he helped Blackpool reach the infamous JPS Cup Final, where he ended up on the losing side against Dynamos.
Moshoeu returned to Amakhosi for his second spell in 1993 before leaving for Turkey, where he had stints with Genclerbirligi and Fenerbahce.
His return to South Africa saw him re-uniting with Amakhosi for his third and final spell and he helped the team win back-to-back League titles under Ted Dumitru.
Moshoeu’s form also saw him selected for the 2004 African Nations Cup at the age of 38.
Shoes was a true role model, and his passing is a great loss to football. Our condolences to his family and friends.
RIP John Lesiba Moshoeu
18 December 1965 – 21 April 2015