Sport Throwback Thursday - remembering the gifted John "Shoes" Moshoeu

Sport Throwback Thursday - remembering the gifted John "Shoes" Moshoeu

On this Throwback Thursday, fondly remembers the dazzling ability of one of Mzansi’s most talented footballers, John "Shoes" Moshoeu.

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With the long weekend approaching, an extra-special Throwback Thursday is upon us. thought it only fitting to celebrate one of the finest midfielders ever produced within South Africa - John "Shoes" Moshoeu.

From humble beginnings in Diepkloof, Moshoeu would go on to make a name for himself for Bafana Bafana and abroad in Turkey.

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After playing for Diepkloof Blue Wales and Giant Blackpool, the two Soweto giants came calling.

Despite strong interest from Orlando Pirates, Moshoeu joined Kaizer Chiefs in 1993 for a record fee of R250 000.

Moshoeu’s prodigious talent soon saw him attracting interest from abroad and he was signed by Turkish club, Genclerbirligi.

He eventually moved to one of Turkey’s biggest clubs, Fenerbahce for $2 million.

Moshoeu quickly became known for his ability to unlock defences with his vision and flair, but also had an eye for goal.

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At the ripe old age of 37, Moshoeu returned to Chiefs and catapulted them to title-winning success.

The attacking midfielder proved he was ageing like a fine wine as he finished the season as top scorer for the club, with 11 goals.

Moshoeu left Chiefs for Amazulu and continued playing until the age of 42. recalls Moshoeu’s famous response when asked about retirement: “I'm not a cheese. I don't get mouldy with age.”

He holds the record for being the oldest goal-scorer in the PSL and the oldest player to represent Bafana.

After a long battle with stomach cancer, the legendary playmaker passed away on 21 April 2015.

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