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John 'Shoes' Moshoeu dies at 49

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu has died after a long battle with cancer.

Former Bafana Bafana star, John 'Shoes' Moshoeu. Picture: Castle Larger Academy.

JOHANNESBURG - Former Bafana Bafana midfielder John 'Shoes' Moshoeu has died at the age of 49 after a long battle with cancer.

His agent, Glyn Binkin confirmed the former Kaizer Chiefs star passed away this afternoon.

Moshoeu has been in and out of hospital and was admitted twice this year.

Binkin said, "It's a sad day for South African and African football. He has been sick and in a way he is no longer suffering."

In May 2014, Moshoeu hung up his boots after spending several seasons with third-tier side Alexandra United.

He was capped 73 times for South Africa and scored eight times.

Moshoeu started his career back in 1987 with Giant Blackpool and went on to become a stalwart of South African football.

Moshoeu then made the big overseas move from Kaizer Chiefs to Turkey, where he spent 10 years playing for the likes of Fenerbahce and won the league title with them.

He was also part of the 1996 team that won the African Cup of Nations.

At 37 he returned to Amakhosi and was still a fan favourite but decided to retire in 2008.

However, he didn't stay out of football as he and Brian Baloyi became owners of Alexandra United in 2010.

TRIBUTES POUR IN FOR SHOES

Meanwhile, Minister of Sport and Recreation Fikile Mbalula, has passed his deepest condolences to the Moshoeu family and the entire football fraternity.

"We deep our banners for the fallen legend. His passing came minutes after we laid to rest the ashes of Dr Steve Kalamazoo Mokone and just few weeks after we bid farewell to Richard Henyekane; all of them have left marks in football that will ensure we never forget the rich legacy they leave behind. Our country is poorer without him."

Former Bafana Bafana goalkeeper Andre Arendse says it is a dark day for South Africans.

"Another one of our football legends has left us, it's hard to believe that someone as endearing as Shoes has left us. I can't get my head around it."

The PSL has paid tribute to late former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs legend John 'Shoes' Moshoeu. http://t.co/Z7AbHVBsPM #KickOff

Condolences to family, friends and fans of former Bafana Bafana player John 'Shoes' Moshoeu, who passed away recently http://t.co/EooSkBrxMO

May the Former Bafana Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs star John Shoes Moshoeu soul RIP. Truly you were a legend.

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Shoes Moshoeu has passed away #RIPShoesMoshoeu pic.twitter.com/DHmI3MEeeA

A sad loss indeed! ....... Former Bafana Bafana midfielder, Shoes Moshoeu

#RIPShoes

Former Bafana Bafana midfielder John "Shoes" Moshoeu has passed away.... #COSATU expresses its heartfelt condolences to the Moshoeu family

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