As first reported by City Press who have learnt that the former Pirates captain, John Moeti, who also played for SuperSport United, died at his home on Monday morning. According to the family, Moeti had been receiving specialist medical care for the past eight months.
The 55-year-old, Moeti, was part of the Pirates team that won the 1995 CAF Champions League title, also a member of the Bafana squad that lifted the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations and a part of the squad that finished runners up in 1998.
He was capped 29 times for South Africa and featured for the Buccaneers between 1995 and 1999 before joining Matsatsantsa.
Thisisfootball.Africa spoke to one of his teammates at the 1996 AFCON, Neil Tovey, who we sadly had to break the news to because he had not heard of the passing of John Moeti.
“What can we do? He was a great player, a person on his own, he always stood up for rights both at his club even though we never played together at club level,” Neil Tovey told ThisIsFootball.Africa.
“He was a person that stood up for the players and what was good for the players, wherever he was whether it was for Bafana Bafana or Orlando Pirates. They way he played well, he was a nuggety type of player, he was very short but that did not hinder him from his efforts.
“Obviously the AFCON was some of the biggest moments we had together, but when you are there you don’t treasure all those moments, you just take things for granted. All those players from that era are very special. So ya very sad…”