|Full name||John Lesiba Moshoeu|
|Date of birth||18 December 1965|
|Place of birth||Ga-Mashashane, South Africa|
|Date of death||21 April 2015(aged 49)|
|Place of death||Johannesburg, South Africa|
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 9 1⁄2 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
John "Shoes" Lesiba Moshoeu (18 December 1965 – 21 April 2015) was a South African soccer player who was part of the victorious South African team that won the 1996 African Cup of Nations. He played as an attacking midfielder.
He failed to break into the Amakhosi first team and joined Mohlakeng-based Giant Blackpool for R3,000. He joined Blackpool where he was part of the "Triple M" combination with Fani Madida, Geelboi Masango and himself. He helped Blackpool reach the infamous[clarification needed] 1991 JPS Cup Final, where he ended up on the losing side against Dynamos. At Blackpool, Moshoeu scored 75 goals in 175 matches.
Moshoeu chose to move to Kaizer Chiefs over Orlando Pirates for a then record fee of R250,000 after the two teams were neck in neck for his services in 1993 after having gone for trials at Wolverhampton Wanderers. His stay was short-lived as he left in mid-season having only played 14 games. Before joining Chiefs, he had been sidelined for six months with a broken leg.
He later signed with FIFA agent Marcelo Houseman and transferred to Turkish club Genclerbirligi after the President Ilhan Cavcav flew to Johannesburg to see him play. He also played for Kocaelispor. He joined Fenerbahce for $2 million. where he was a favourite with the fans. In his time overseas, Moshoeu was coached by Franz Beckenbauer and Joachim Low. He won a league cup in 1996/97 and a league title in 2001/02.
He went back to Kaizer Chiefs at age 37 where, at his vintage age, he continued to excite his old fans with the same enthusiasm and skill in 2002. His time at the club saw him play 89 games and scoring 23 goals to his name. Moshoeu played a pivotal role for Chiefs in the 2003/04 season, Moshoeu finished as Chiefs goalscorer with 11 goals in all competitions, including two hat-tricks. The first was against Black Leopards in a 5-0 win and the second against his future club, AmaZulu in a 4-1 win. Moshoeu assisted in ending Chiefs league title drought that had lasted 11 years. This wasn't his only title at the club. His trophy case acquired two Coca-Cola Cups (2003/04 and 2004/05), a second league title followed in the 2004/2005, and the Absa Cup in the 2005/06 season. He played at Chiefs until 2006.
He played for AmaZulu until 2008 at the age of 42. He holds the record for the oldest goal scorer PSL when he scored for AmaZulu against Kaizer Chiefs in 2007 at the age of 41 years, 11 months and 17 days.
There were rumours that Moshoeu would make a comeback in March 2009 with Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits which he trained at but the deals never materialised. The attacking midfielder announced on 6 November 2010 his comeback with Brian Baloyi as owners of a South African club Alexandra United FC. In 2011/2012, Moshoeu scored 20 goals for Alex United in the Vodacom League. He called time on his career on 11 May 2014 when he resigned from the ABC Motsepe League club after following a fallout with the club's director, Nick Nicolaou. On 21 April 2015, he died of cancer.
"I'm not a cheese. I don't get mouldy with age."
Moshoeu's family history is traced back to Alexandra where his mother Reena Moshoeu resided. Moshoeu was a car enthusiast. Between 1985 and 2003, Moshoeu owned nine cars. His first was a Toyota Corolla 1.6 while during his time at Chiefs he owned a silver Porsche Boxster and a red Mini Cooper S. Moshoeu never got married and he is the father of four children, two boys, two girls.
After recovering from a broken leg and being sidelined for six months, he made his debut for South Africa national football team on 10 January 1993 and scored on debut against Botswana with Rudolph Seale. He formed a vital part of the team that won the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, and was second top scorer with four goals.
He was also part of the squad that travelled to France for the 1998 FIFA World Cup. He represented South Africa in six major tournaments. He is the oldest player to play in national colours for South Africa. His last match was against Nigeria in Monastir, Tunisia on 31 March 2004 at the age of 38 years, one month and 13 days. He accumulated 73 caps and eight goals in 68 starts.
|1||10 January 1993||Johannesburg, South Africa||Botswana||3–0||3–0||International friendly|
|2||13 January 1996||Johannesburg, South Africa||Cameroon||3–0||3–0||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|3||27 January 1996||Johannesburg, South Africa||Algeria||2–1||2–1||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|4||31 January 1996||Johannesburg, South Africa||Ghana||1–0||3–0||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|5||31 January 1996||Johannesburg, South Africa||Ghana||3–1||3–1||1996 African Cup of Nations|
|6||18 September 1996||Johannesburg, South Africa||Australia||1–0||2–0||Four Nations Cup|
|7||28 April 1999||Copenhagen, Denmark||Denmark||1–0||1–1||International friendly|
|8||8 October 2003||Maseru, Lesotho||Lesotho||3–0||3–0||International friendly|
- "John 'Shoes' Moshoeu passes on". kickoff.com.
- Independent Newspapers Online. "Shoes Moshoeu fact file". Independent Online.
- "The Dirty Tackle: WATN? John Shoes Moshoeu". thedirtytackle.net.
- "Shoes Moshoeu Was Frustrated With Things At Alex United.". South Africa.
- Moshoeu Signs For Alexandra United
- "'Shoes' loses battle with cancer". sport24.co.za. 21 April 2015. Retrieved 21 April 2015.
- 1998 FIFA World Cup - South Africa Squad
- John Moshoeu at National-Football-Teams.com