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South Africa Shocked by Passing of Shoes Moshoeu

All Africa   in  ·
April 28, 2015

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has learnt with great sadness the passing on of former Bafana Bafana midfield maestro John Lesiba “Shoes”Moshoeu this afternoon (Tuesday, 21 April) at Morningside Clinic in Sandton.

The 49-year old Moshoeu had been battling cancer for some time and was in and out of hospital in the past few months.

SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan who together with former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe visited Moshoeu at the Sandton Clinic on Monday evening said he was shocked by the news.

“I saw him on Monday evening when I visited him at the Clinic and although he was not in good shape, he recognised me and even spoke a bit; little did I know that this was some way of him saying goodbye.

“Our deepest condolences to his family and friends for their loss, hope they find strength in these difficult times. As the Association, the passing on of this legend saddens us,” said Dr Jordaan.

Radebe who played with Moshoeu both at Kaizer Chiefs and at Bafana Bafana said he had lost a friend whom he had known from childhood.

“When I saw him struggling on Monday, I was heartbroken but I still expected that a fighter Shoes was, he would pull through. What an exemplary figure he was on and off the pitch. He lived a clean life – never smoked or drank, exercised religiously and this happens. Anyway that is life; we are never masters of our destiny,” said Radebe who was at Morningside with members of the family and SAFA officials.

Moshoeu’s career blossomed when he joined Giant Blackpool and then moved to Kaizer Chiefs.

He did not stay long as his talent was noticed overseas where he made a big money move to Turkey playing for Genclerbirligi, Fenerbahce and Bursaspor.

He will greatly be remembered as one of the driving forces that helped Bafana Bafana win the Africa Cup of Nations title in 1996 on home soil.

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