John Moshoeu has passed away at the age of 49 years after losing his long battle with cancer. Fondly known as Shoes, Moshoeu was part of South Africa’s 1996 Africa Cup of Nations-winning squad and played an integral role in midfield. Moshoeu scored four goals in that tournament including a brace in a 3-0 demolition of Ghana in the semi-final. Fans still remember the stunning bicycle kick against the Black Stars that night at the FNB Stadium.
The midfield maestro’s demise was confirmed by his agent Glyn Binkin on Twitter. Binkin tweeted: ‘John Shoes Moshoeu sadly passed away at 15h00 this afternoon after a long but brave battle with cancer. May his dear soul rest in peace!!’ A minute later Binkin followed that up with a second tweet that read: ‘He may be gone but will never be forgotten and his family have requested their privacy and that they may be allowed to mourn in peace.’
Moshoeu enjoyed a 73-match career for Bafana Bafana in an 11 year career. In 1993 he joined Kaizer Chiefs and also had a spell in Turkey, most notably with Fenerbahce. Shoes scored eight goals for his country and was always a fans favourite.