Cape Town - Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker says that the passing of John "Shoes" Moshoeu will be the worst day of his life.
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The 49-year-old passed away on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
According to KickOff, Barker reveals that he had no doubt that ‘Shoes’ would bounce back but could see his strength was gone when he visited the 49-year-old.
"This shall be the worst day of my life, 'Shoes' was more like a son to me, and he was a role model to many youngsters,"
"I always believed he was going to bounce back because he was a strong character, and it was unfortunate when I received the news that he passed away," he added.
Moshoeu was part of the triumphant 1996 squad that went on to win the African Cup of Nations and Barker says that ‘Shoes’ would be in his starting XI that would beat any team in the world.
He had great feet, he was a terrific player. I would have 'Shoes', Doctor [Khumalo], Helman Mkhelele, John Moeti, Linda Buthelezi and Eric Tinkler in the midfield and we would beat any team in the world.
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