It was about eight minutes after three on Tuesday afternoon when Glyn Binkin’s tweet to announce the passing of the legendary John ‘Shoes” Moshoeu.
The former Giant Blackpool, Kaizer Chiefs and AmaZulu star, who also plied his trade in Turkey for ten years, succumbed to a long battle with cancer.
Glyn Bikin tweeted: “John Shoes Moshoeu sadly passed away at 15h00 this afternoon after a long but brave battle with cancer. May his dear soul rest in peace!!
He added: “He may be gone but will never be forgotten and his family have requested their privacy and that they may be allowed to mourn in peace.”
Affectionately known as ‘Shoes’ he was part of a Bafana Bafana team that clinched the country’s only Africa Cup of Nations title in 1996. He was capped 73 times and scored 8 times for his home country.
Messages of condolences poured in throughout the day, as the world took the time to share comforting words:
Mark Fish @markfish74 tweeted:
The most skilful player I have ever seen with a Soccerball and the Best dancer…SHOES WE WILL MISS YOU BUT YOU WILL REMAIN IN OUR HEARTS!!
Kaizer Chiefs @Kaizer_Chiefs tweeted:
Shoes was a great player, a nice & modest person & he would never be in the media for the wrong reasons’” – Kaizer Motaung #RIPShoes
Bafana Bafana @BafanaBafana tweeted:
John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu was a rare talent. He played a major role in the 1996 AFCON winning team. We are gutted as the Association – Dr Jordaan
Andre Arendse @TheAndreArendse
John Moshoeu, my dear friend and team mate, Gone too soon. Forever in my heart. RIP SHOOOOOOOES.
Itumeleng Khune posted on his Instagram account – itukhune32
I’m extremely saddened by the passing on of @kcfcofficial Legend, John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu. Our condolences to his family & friends. Lala ngoxolo #RIPShoes
RIP John Lesiba Moshoeu. Born 18 December 1965 – Died 21 April 2015.