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Family, former teammates pay tribute to Moshoeu

Former teammates and family gathered in Soweto to pay their last respects to John “Shoes” Moshoeu.

Coffin of football star John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu arrives at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto on 27 April 2015. Picture: Twitter SAFA.net

JOHANNESBURG - South African football bosses, former teammates and friends of John "Shoes" Moshoeu are among those who have paid tribute to the football icon at his funeral at the Grace Bible Church in Soweto.

Moshoeu, who played for the likes of Kaizer Chiefs and Turkish giants Fenerbahçe, died from cancer last Tuesday at the age of 49.

Kaizer Chiefs President Kaizer Motaung, South African Football Association (Safa) President Dr Danny Jordaan, former Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey and Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula have all recalled the former midfielder's commitment and dedication to the game.

Stories of Moshoeu's talent were highlighted, especially the contribution he made to South Africa's success in the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations as well as his contribution in ensuring that Bafana qualify for their first world cup in 1998.

Moshoeu lost his battle with stomach cancer and died in the company of his family and closest friends.

His final resting place will be the Wespark Cemetery.

The former footballer leaves behind his mother, sister, niece and six children.

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