Midfielder John Moeti, who played for South Africa and helped them win the 1996 African Cup of Nations, passed away on Monday. He was 55.
Moeti’s death was reported by the South African Football Association, but the association did not specify the circumstances surrounding his passing.
Moeti’s illness began eight months ago, according to a SAFA statement sent by family spokesman Victor Rakhale.
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Moeti appeared in 29 games for South Africa between 1995 and 1999. He was a key cog in the team that won the African Cup in its home country just two years after the end of apartheid.
He also led one of South Africa’s most prestigious clubs, Orlando Pirates, to its first African Champions League title in 1995 while serving as the team’s captain.
Twitter has been flooded with tributes to John Moeti from individuals who are saddened by his death –
Former Bafana Bafana midfielder John Moeti is dead. pic.twitter.com/kBvQYPYc4e
— Daniel N Wahome, LBW (@MistaWahome) February 6, 2023
Vele le genge ka left is’shiyile🙆🏿♂️🙆🏿♂️🙆🏿♂️🙆🏿♂️🙆🏿♂️ #JohnMoeti RIP to the legendary, but give those that remain their flowers now!@NathiMthethwaSA attending this funeral with a flag tender fuckup bese #LindiweSisulu‘s sponsor fuckup?Hai…Mzansi is a movie! @MYANC Ke mbuso wama pantiti pic.twitter.com/hkJNjrgDdS
— andzo (@andzo948) February 6, 2023
Rest in peace, Dungi.😭#RipLegend #JohnMoeti pic.twitter.com/m6GkShRDEP
— Kabelo Malongoane (@KayBMalongoane) February 6, 2023
Moeti “defied the odds” to become a great midfielder despite being only 5-feet-7-inches tall, as praised by Pirates.
Pirates said –
“Despite his small stature, John was a powerhouse on the field, exhibiting unmatched energy and tenacity,”
“He was known for his ability to dominate the midfield, breaking up opposition attacks and launching his own with ease.
“John was a competitor, never backing down from a challenge and always giving his all for the team.”