Steven Tau
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24 Apr 2015
12:53 pm

John Shoes Moshoeu: ‘The eagle has fallen’ (video)

Steven Tau

Mourners have started arriving at the Grace Bible church in Soweto to pay tribute to one of South Africa's most gifted players, John Shoes Moshoeu.

Dr Irvin Khoza and Dr Danny Jordaan during the Memorial Service of the late former Bafana Bafana midfielder John "Shoes " Moshoeu at Grace Bible Church, Pimville on April 24, 2015 in Soweto, South Africa. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Moshoeu passed away early this week after being in and out of hospital.

People from all walks of life could be seen at the memorial service.

Among the prominent people attending the memorial service were former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker, former goalkeeper Andre Arendse as well as football fans from various local teams such as Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Fallen SA football star John Shoes Moshoeu has been described as a Masterpiece. Speaker after speaker described Moshoeu as a consummate professional who had a big heart.Bafana Bafana’s first captain Steve Khompela said his former teammate’s death was an end of an era, and an end of a magical football career.

“The eagle has not landed, the eagle has fallen,” Khompela said in reference to Moshoeu.

Meanwhile, Moshoeu’s friend Makhudu Ledwaba said Moshoeu was a great genius on the field.

Bafana Bafana’s 1996 Afcon winning coach Clive Barker has described John Shoes Moshoeu as a fantastic player. Speaking at the memorial service held in remembrance of Moshoeu in Soweto, Barker said he was undoubtedly the best player of the 96 tournament, supported by great teammates.

“He gave himself a chance in a tough world.

“He was the player I needed the most…he was an entertainer,” Barker said.