Twitter was set alight as retired Bafana Bafana striker John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu passed away on 21 April at the age of 49.
Moshoeu who was admitted to the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital at the start of February because of problems with his kidneys and he was later discharged again from the same hospital.
Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba said he was unable to comment on the death of Moshoeu as he was still waiting for confirmation of the soccer player’s death. However, his agent Glyn Binkin confirmed his death on Twitter. Moshoeu was part of the Bafana Bafana squad that traveled to France for the 1998 FIFA World Cup After that he went on to play for Kaizer Chiefs and he joined AmaZulu where he ended off a tremendous career at the age of 42.
I think growing up Shoes was my favourite soccer player. Also because he had a name that was easy to remember #RIPShoes
— Yolanda (@_YolandaM) April 21, 2015
Rest In Peace Shoes. A hero, an inspiration, an example to young people in sports. #RIPShoes
— Tsholofelo (@TsholoJ) April 21, 2015
— Mamelodi Sundowns FC (@SundownsDaily) April 21, 2015
— Calypso wa Polokwane (@DjCalypsoMusic) April 21, 2015
#RIPShoes. It was a pleasure watching him in Bafana colours and also represented Kaizer Chiefs with aplomb.
— Lunga (@RealLunga) April 21, 2015
He will forever be a football legend. One of my favourite footballers of all time! John "shoes" Moshoeu! #RIPShoes
— AB Dacosta (@AB_Broadcaster) April 21, 2015