The nation mourns Moshoue’ s death

2015-04-30 13:42
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President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday sent condolences to the family of former Bafana Bafana midfielder John “Shoes” Moshoeu who passed away after a long battle with cancer.

“We have lost an outstanding footballer, a good role model for our youth and a committed and patriotic South African,” Zuma said.

“We wish to convey our heartfelt condolences to his family, friends as well as the entire football fraternity. May his soul rest in peace.”

Moshoeu died on Tuesday afternoon. His agent, Glyn Binkin, confirmed his death on Twitter. He was 49-years-old.

He retired from soccer in May 2014 after spending several seasons with third-tier side Alexandra United.

Moshoeu played for Kaizer Chiefs from 1988-1993 and again from 2003 until 2006. He also played in the Turkish league for Fenerbahce and Bursaspor from 1997 until his return to South Africa in 2003.

‘Shoes’ was capped 73 times for South Africa and scored eight times.

He was one of Bafana’s stand-out performers in their 1996 African Cup of Nations triumph, scoring four goals in the tournament.

Meanwhile the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport also aired its “deep sadness to hear that former Bafana Bafana midfielder John “Shoes” Moshoeu has passed away after a brave battle with cancer.

“ He was a role model for many young players and showed how you can achieve great heights through hard work and dedication. We need more sportspeople like him to show our young people how they can take responsibility for their own sporting career paths,” said head of department Brent Walters.

He said that this is indeed a big loss in the soccer world. “Shoes left a legacy behind for young people who are just starting their careers. It is important that we honour his legacy and not forget all that he has done for soccer in our country.” he said.

“Our condolences go out to his family, friends and the soccer fraternity,”he said

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