‘Shoes’ gave back to sport

2015-04-23 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Kaizer Chiefs chairperson Kaizer Motaung revealed that John “Shoes” Moshoeu was always “very health conscious”, which is why he had a lengthy football career.

According to Chiefs’ website, Moshoeu always shared his knowledge about football after retiring as he spent his time training youngsters.

“It’s a sad state of affairs to lose somebody like ‘Shoes’,” reflected Motaung. “He had this immense dedication towards the game of football.

“Even after retiring, Shoes would ­always be busy training youngsters in the trade of football.”

The creative midfielder joined Chiefs from Blackpool in 1993 and was given his first team debut by the then head coach Sergio dos Santos. Moshoeu left for Turkey during that 1993 season. He returned to Chiefs in 2003, helping the club to two league trophies (2003/2004 and 2004/2005). In 2006, Moshoeu left Amakhosi and joined AmaZulu.

“Shoes was also a man who was very health conscious,” continued Motuang. “Because of his high fitness levels, he could still play at such a high level when already in his late thirties. He left Chiefs at the age of 40.”

As a gentleman of the game, Shoes gained 73 Bafana Bafana caps, being one of the stars of the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations winning side.

He scored eight times wearing the South African national team jersey.

“Besides being a great player, Shoes was such a nice and modest person.

“We will always remember him as an extremely talented player with ­excellent ball handling skills and great vision.”

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