In memory of Kaizer Chiefs legend John Moshoeu

Kaizer Chiefs once had the honour of having John “Shoes” Moshoeu in their books. The former superstar died on this day, 21 April 2015 in Johannesburg due to stomach cancer.

They say playing simple is the most difficult thing in football, and that was what Moshoeu mastered in his career despite all his technical gifts and speed. “Shoes” was supremely intelligent and mature.

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Legend says the iconic former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker would stand on the touchline to shout “Shoes! Dance! Dance Shoes, dance!” Barker knew that Moshoeu had superb ability to beat defenders with magical footwork and the speed of a dance. The name shoes is derived from dancing shoes.


The day of 21 April was a dark day in South African football. The Bafana Bafana and Chiefs legend Mosheou took his last breath at the  Morningside Hospital following an extended fight against stomach cancer.

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Moshoeu died at the age of 49 before he was laid to rest on 25 April in Randburg.

Moshoeu with Stanton Fredericks during his second spell at Amakhosi after 10 years in Turkey. Image: @DiskiBattles / Twitter


According to Wikipedia, Mosheou was born in Ga Mashashane, Limpopo, before later moving to grow up in Soweto’s Diepkloop. He began his amateur football at Blue Whales before he was spotted by Kaizer Chiefs for the reserve team. As they say, the rest was history.

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Mosheou’s professional journey started in the Kaizer Chiefs reserved team before a short spell with the senior team was followed by a move abroad in 1993.

After just 14 games for Amakhosi, the attacking midfielder earned a move to Turkey where he stayed for 10 years, including a legendary status at Turkish giants Fernerbahce. Mosheou returned to Mzansi to rejoin Kaizer Chiefs before finishing his career at AmaZulu at a PSL record of 43 years of age in 2008.

Full club career:

  • Giant Blackpool
  • Kaizer Chiefs
  • Kocaelispor
  • Fenerbahçe
  • Bursaspor
  • Kaizer Chiefs
  • AmaZulu.

Additionally, Mosheou was a Bafana regular and jersey number 10 with 73 caps, including the AFCON 1996 gold medal and a leading role at the FIFA 1998 World Cup in France.

Rest in Peace Shooooooes!

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