'He was a tremendous player': Fans remember legend Shoes Moshoeu six years later

22 April 2021 - 09:54
John 'Shoes' Moshoeu during a friendly between South African Legends and African Legends at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in 2012.
John 'Shoes' Moshoeu during a friendly between South African Legends and African Legends at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in 2012.
Image: Anesh Debiky / Gallo Images

April 21 marked six years since the death of soccer legend John “Shoes” Moshoeu who died at the age of 49.

Soccer fans remembered the fallen Bafana Bafana midfielder and how he was a true inspiration to many around the country.

Moshoeu died after a long battle with cancer.

Dubbed the “dribbling wizard”, he started his career back in 1987 with Giant Blackpool and went on to become a stalwart of South African football.

In the early 1990s, Moshoeu joined Kaizer Chiefs before making his big overseas move to Turkey, where he spent 10 years playing for the likes of Fenerbahce and won the league title with them. He was also part of the 1996 SA team which won the African Cup of Nations.

Moshoeu scored eight times and was capped 73 times for the national team.

Shoes retired from the game at the age of 37 in 2008 after his return to Amakhosi. However, he continued playing for AmaZulu until the age of 42.

Six years after his death, fans remembered the legend as the “country's greatest player of all time”.

Africa Cup of Nations-winning captain Neil Tovey likened Shoes' playing style to Argentine star Lionel Messi's.

“He was a tremendous player, similar to Lionel Messi. He'd drop his shoulder and the whole defence would go the wrong way,” said Tovey.

Here is a snapshot of what people had to say about Shoes.


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