“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.
“Shoes was a genius on the field, an intelligent man off it. He was humble and always willing to give advice. He will be remembered for almost single-handedly defeating Ghana in South Africa’s path to lifting the 1996 AFCON title. We have certainly lost a hero. What saddens us more is that just the other day we were mourning the passing away of Richard Henyekane, and also attended the memorial service for the late Kalamazoo Mokone – the tears have hardly dried up and now this.
Funeral arrangements are being arranged and will be released soon.
Rest in Peace John Lesiba “Shoes”Moshoeu