R.I.P. John “Shoes” Moshoeu



After he failed to break into the Amakhosi first team , he joined Alexandra-based Giant Blackpool for R3,000. He joined Blackpool where he teamed up with Fani Madida. He helped Blackpool reach the infamous 1991 JPS Cup Final, where he ended up on the losing side against Dynamos. At Blackpool, Moshoeu scored 75 goals in 175 matches.


Moshoeu moved for a record R250,000 fee to Kaizer Chiefs for his second spell in 1993 after having gone for trials at Wolverhampton Wanderers. His stay was short-lived as he left in mid-season having only played 14 games.


He later signed with FIFA agent Marcelo Houseman and transferred to Turkish club Genclerbirligi after the President Cavcav flew to Johannesburg to see him play. He also played for Kocaelispor and then was transferred to giants Fenerbahce where he was a favourite with the fans. In his time overseas, Moshoeu was coached by Franz Beckenbauer and Joachim Low.


He went back to Kaizer Chiefs at age 37 where, at his vintage age, he continued to excite his old fans with the same enthusiasm and skill in 2002. He played there until 2006. He then joined AmaZulu until 2008 at the age of 42.


He called time on his career on 11 May 2014 when he resigned from the ABC Motsepe League club after following a fallout with the club’s director, Nick Nicolaou.On 21 April 2015, he died of cancer.

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