#SFGAfcon20 – John “Shoes” Moshoeu v Cameroon, 1996

The late John “Shoes” Moshoeu, who passed away in April last year, was a frontline figure in leading post-apartheid South Africa into the international football arena. He was part of a cavalier Bafana Bafana side which, as hosts, charmed their nation and neutrals in 1996 as they went on to lift their first AFCON crown, and this goal encapsulates the confidence that was flowing through the team at the time.

By 1996 Shoes had already established himself in Turkey for Kocaelispor, and Fenerbahce soon came calling. Shoes made such an impression for the Yellow Canaries that they ended up making him captain. While his team-mates drove luxury cars, Shoes was known for being a simpler, sensible man and opting for a cheaper one. “Why should I spend a lot of money on an expensive car? I am going to play here for a few more seasons and then I will return to South Africa…You never know what is going to happen in the future. It is crazy to spend a lot of money.”

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