Jonty Mark
Football Editor
1 minute read
24 Apr 2015
4:52 pm

Zwane – Shoes was better than Zidane

Jonty Mark

Former Kaizer Chiefs winger Arthur Zwane says John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu had skills that were superior to Zinedine Zidane.

Arthur Zwane during the Memorial Service of the late former Bafana Bafana midfielder John "Shoes " Moshoeu at Grace Bible Church, Pimville on April 24. (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

“To me the only difference between Shoes and Zidane is that Zidane was born in France and Shoes in South Africa,” said Zwane on Friday at the memorial service in Soweto to commemorate Moshoeu, who tragically passed away on Tuesday, after a long battle with cancer of the kidney.

“I think Shoes had even more skills … to me Zidane was not even half of what Moshoeu was … so I was very lucky to play with him.”

Zwane got the chance to play with Moshoeu at Amakhosi as Ted Dumitru’s Chiefs captured the league title two seasons in a row, between 2003 and 2005.

And in doing so, Zwane also played with the man who inspired him to take up professional football.

“He changed my life as footballer, not at Chiefs, but when I was about 13 or 14, the first time I saw him play for Giant Blackpool at Newlands. He tormented them (his opponents), he tore them apart with his skills.”

“I (also) remember watching a game when we were playing outside as young kids. Everytime I watched, he scored, and I started paying attention to the game, because John ‘Shoes’ Moshoeu was tearing defences apart. From then on I told myself I wanted to play football.”