On Wednesday, 22 April, Mashaba, accompanied by some staff members from the South African Football Association (SAFA), went to pay his last respects at the home of the former Bafana Bafana star who passed away on Tuesday afternoon (21 April) after a long illnes.
“First of all our condolences to the family, especially the mother of the late legend, who was on his bedside from the moment he was ill until the last minute. Also to all his former colleagues, coaches and players who worked and played with him and also supported him in his hour of need. May the Almighty bless them, guide them and lead them during this difficult period.
Shoes was not just remarkable on the field, off it he was also a special person.
“I used to call him a dressing room player. Where Shoes was, there was always peace; there was always commitment and passion. He was a very good dresser, a very flamboyant person. You would always love to be with him. When there were problems in the camp he would always be the peacemaker, saying let’s forget about this and focus on the job at hand, which is playing football.
“He was always a very respectful person – whether you were young or old, Shoes gave respect and that is why he earned the respect of many,” said the Bafana Bafana mentor.
“Shoes was a role model, lived a clean life that is why he managed to play well beyond 40 years of age. I think we missed out on something here; we needed to find out how he did it so we can teach the current and coming generations.”
He will greatly be remembered as one of the driving forces that led to South Africa winning the Africa Cup of Nations title in 1996 on home soil.
“We saw the best of him on that day. We need to document the history of such players, place them somewhere so people can read about it, not Google it. If current players can emulate him we would never worry about any player because the commitment was there. Here is a player who played his part, we must just accept that he is gone and be glad the pain he suffered is no more, so we can get closure. To the family, we know you are in pain at the loss of your beloved son but with time it will heal,” concluded Mashaba.
The memorial service of Moshoeu will be held on Friday at Grace Bible Church in Soweto at 12 noon and details of the funeral will be revealed on the same day.