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John Moshoeu
Personal information
Full name John Lesiba Moshoeu
Date of birth (1965-12-18)18 December 1965
Place of birth Ga-Mashashane, South Africa
Date of death 21 April 2015(2015-04-21) (aged 49)
Place of death Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Youth career
Blue Whales
Kaizer Chiefs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1992 Giant Blackpool 175 (75)
1993 Kaizer Chiefs 14 (2)
1993–1995 Gençlerbirligi 27 (5)
1995–1997 Kocaelispor 76 (20)
1997–2001 Fenerbahçe 75 (15)
2001–2003 Bursaspor 48 (7)
2003–2006 Kaizer Chiefs 89 (23)
2006–2008 AmaZulu 51 (5)
2010–2014 Alexandra United
Total 555 (152)
National team
1993–2004 South Africa 73 (8)
Teams managed
2010–2014 Alexandra United
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

John "Shoes" Lesiba Moshoeu (18 December 1965 – 21 April 2015) was a South African soccer player who was part of the South African team that won the 1996 African Cup of Nations. He played as an attacking midfielder.

Shoes, as he was best known to fans, was born in Ga Mashashane, Limpopo and grew up in Diepkloof, Soweto. He played for Blue Whales in Diepkloof. Kaizer Chiefs signed him to their reserve team.

Career career

Giant Blackpool

He started his career in Diepkloof with an amateur team called Diepkloof Blue Wales and later recruited to join Giant Blackpool playing in the OK League R3,000.[Fani Madida] and [Geelboy Gomma Gomma Masango] joined him later at Blackpool and they made the "Triple M" combination .[1][2] He helped Blackpool reach the 1991 JPS Cup Final, where he ended up on the losing side against Kaizer Chiefs at Ellis Park Stadium.[3] At Blackpool, Moshoeu scored 75 goals in 175 matches.[4]

Kaizer Chiefs

Moshoeu chose to move to Kaizer Chiefs over Orlando Pirates for a then record fee of R250,000 after the two teams were neck in neck for his services 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.[4][5] Before joining Chiefs, he had been sidelined for six months with a broken leg.[6]

In Turkey

He later signed with FIFA agent Marcelo Houseman and transferred to Turkish club Genclerbirligi after the President Ilhan Cavcav flew to Johannesburg to see him play. He also played for Kocaelispor. He joined Fenerbahce for $2 million.[6] where he was a favourite with the fans. In his time overseas, Moshoeu was coached by Franz Beckenbauer and Joachim Low.[7] He won a Turkish cup in 1996/97.[2]

Kaizer Chiefs (2nd spell)

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. His time at the club saw him play 89 games and scoring 23 goals to his name. Moshoeu played a pivotal role for Chiefs in the 2003/04 season, Moshoeu finished as Chiefs goalscorer with 11 goals in all competitions, including two hat-tricks. The first was against Black Leopards in a 5-0 win and the second against his future club, AmaZulu in a 4-1 win. Moshoeu assisted in ending Chiefs league title drought that had lasted 11 years. This wasn't his only title at the club. His trophy case acquired two Coca-Cola Cups (2003/04 and 2004/05), a second league title followed in the 2004/2005, and the Absa Cup in the 2005/06 season. He played at Chiefs until 2006.[2]


He played for AmaZulu until 2008 at the age of 42. He holds the record for the oldest goal scorer PSL when he scored for AmaZulu against Kaizer Chiefs in 2007 at the age of 41 years, 11 months and 17 days.[6]

Later career

There were rumours that Moshoeu would make a comeback in March 2009 with Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits which he trained at but the deals never materialised.[5] The attacking midfielder announced on 6 November 2010 his comeback with Brian Baloyi as owners of a South African club Alexandra United FC.[8] In 2011/2012, Moshoeu scored 20 goals for Alex United in the Vodacom League. 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.[7] On 21 April 2015, he died of cancer.[9]

When asked about retirement, after he turned 40, Moshoeu said, "I'm not a cheese. I don't get mouldy with age."[6]

International career

After recovering from a broken leg and being sidelined for six months,[6] he made his debut for South Africa national football team on 10 January 1993 and scored on debut against Botswana with Rudolph Seale.[4] He formed a vital part of the team that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, and was second top scorer with four goals.

He was also part of the squad that travelled to France for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[10] He represented South Africa in six major tournaments. He is the oldest player to play in national colours for South Africa. His last match was against Nigeria in Monastir, Tunisia on 31 March 2004 at the age of 38 years, one month and 13 days.[6] He accumulated 73 caps and eight goals in 68 starts.

Personal life

Moshoeu's family history is traced back to Alexandra where his mother Reena Moshoeu resided.[11] Moshoeu was a car enthusiast. Between 1985 and 2003, Moshoeu owned nine cars. His first was a Toyota Corolla 1.6 while during his time at Chiefs he owned a silver Porsche Boxster and a red Mini Cooper S.[12] Moshoeu never got married and he is the father of four children, two boys, two girls.[13]


Moshoeu died on 21 April 2015 at the Morningside Hospital after a long battle with stomach cancer. Moshoeu was also admitted to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital before his death.[14]

Moshoeu's funeral service was held at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto and was buried at Westpark Cemetery in Randburg on 27 April 2015.[15]


International goals


# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 10 January 1993 National Stadium, Gaborone, Botswana  Botswana 2–0 2–0 International friendly
2 13 January 1996 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Cameroon 3–0 3–0 1996 African Cup of Nations
3 27 January 1996 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Algeria 2–1 2–1 1996 African Cup of Nations
4 31 January 1996 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Ghana 1–0 3–0 1996 African Cup of Nations
5 31 January 1996 FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Ghana 3–1 3–1 1996 African Cup of Nations
6 18 September 1996 Athletics Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa  Australia 1–0 2–0 Four Nations Cup
7 28 April 1999 Idrætsparken, Copenhagen, Denmark  Denmark 1–0 1–1 International friendly
8 8 October 2003 Setsoto Stadium, Maseru, Lesotho  Lesotho 3–0 3–0 International friendly
Correct as of 9 March 2017[17][18][19]


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  4. ^ a b c Independent Newspapers Online. "Shoes Moshoeu fact file". Independent Online.
  5. ^ a b "The Dirty Tackle: WATN?  John Shoes Moshoeu". Archived from the original on 10 April 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d e f Gleeson, Mark. "Goodbye to 'Shoes' Moshoeu, one of the most gifted players ever". The M&G Online. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  7. ^ a b "Shoes Moshoeu Was Frustrated With Things At Alex United". South Africa.
  8. ^ "Moshoeu Signs For Alexandra United". Archived from the original on 8 November 2010.
  9. ^ "'Shoes' loses battle with cancer". 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
  10. ^ "1998 FIFA World Cup - South Africa Squad". Archived from the original on 15 June 2009.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 22 April 2015. Retrieved 22 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  15. ^ Mothupi, Morena. "Hundreds gather to bid Shoes Moshoeu farewell". Retrieved 2 June 2018.
  16. ^ "1 – 10 January 1993 v Botswana, 2nd, 2–0, Friendly, Gaborone2 – 13 January 1996 v Cameroon, 3rd, 3-0, AFCON, Joburg3 – 27 Jan 1996 v Algeria, 2nd, 2-1, AFCON, Joburg4 - 31 Jan 1996 v Ghana, 1st, 1-1, AFCON, Joburg5 - 31 Jan 1996 v Ghana, 3rd, 3-1, AFCON, Joburg6 - 18 Sep 1996 v Australia, 1st, 2-0, Four Nations Cup, Joburg7 - 28 Apr 1999 v Denmark, 1st, 1-1, Friendly, Copenhagen8 - 8 Oct 2003 v Lesotho, 1st, 3-0, Friendly, Maseru". South African soccer news.
  17. ^ "South Africa - International Matches 1992-1995".
  18. ^ "South Africa - International Matches 1996-2000".
  19. ^ "South Africa - International Matches 2001-2005".

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