local soccer 24.4.2015 12:19 pm

Pitso pays tribute to his late friend Shoes

Pitso Mosimane  (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Pitso Mosimane (Photo by Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Images)

Pitso Mosimane paid a glowing tribute to his late friend John “Shoes” Moshoeu who passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with stomach cancer.

The funeral service of the Africa Cup of Nations winning former Bafana Bafana midfielder will be held at Dobsonville Stadium on Monday, April 27.

His memorial service will be held today from 12h00 at Grace Bible Church in Pimville.

“Shoes is a friend first,” Mosimane said. “We all grew up in Soweto, from 17-18, always talking about who is the best from our days training and playing at Elkah Stadium. That stadium has a rich history, you can go from Phil Masinga, Lucas Radebe, Pitso, Augustine (Makalakalane) and Tebogo Moloi trained and played there.

“That’s where we started with Shoes as friends, competing. Proper competition from football to who has the nice car. Who is going to play in the PSL, who is going to go overseas and who is going to play for Bafana Bafana. We were brothers. We competed and we shared good memories. The most memorable moment I had with Shoes was every time we came to Bafana Bafana, we would meet in Frankfurt and come on the same flight with Shoes, Steve (Komphela) and Fani (Madida).

“In that flight Steve said we need to make a contribution to South Africa when we finish playing football. We need to give our passion and energy. That’s what Steve told me, that guy is a philosopher, visionary and he is unbelievable. We tried to give back. It can be better. Shoes was very intelligent. We were nowhere near his IQ level. He looked after his body. He taught us what to eat and not to eat. He can’t die so early. We lost him at an early age.”

Moshoeu had been in and out of hospital recently battling stomach cancer until he succumbed on Tuesday.

“We used to play five-aside with Mike Ntombela, (Jonny) “Black Sunday” Masegela all the other guys,” Mosimane continues.

“Shoes was always tops. His technique. He was ahead of us. Post Bafana Bafana, coaching I went in earlier. He used to come and tell me when I was at Bafana Bafana that you need to teach the players this and that, technique. When he came into coaching I said welcome, now go do what you were saying to me when I was at Bafana Bafana and he did that at Alexandra United. He contributed to South African football. A humble guy, he talked less than me. He gave us hope when he won the 1996 Afcon Player-of-the-Tournament. What a legend. May his soul rest in peace.”

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