The Passing of Soccer Great John Moeti
John Moeti, a former midfielder for South Africa and the Orlando Pirates, died suddenly at the age of 55.
Monday saw Moeti pass away at home.
The Pirates legend won 1995 Caf CL and with Bafana, he also won the 1996 Afcon championship.
According to his family, Moeti passed away on Monday at his home due to an unexplained ailment. For the previous eight months, the legendary Bafana Bafana player had been under the supervision of a specialist.
Former Pirates captain Moeti played for the Buccaneers from 1994 to 2000 before joining SuperSport United, where he ended his career in 2001.
Two days before to his loss, Stellenbosch defender Oshwin Andries passed away, sending South Africa into deep sadness. The captain of the South Africa Under-20 team passed away on Saturday from stab wounds.
According to a family statement obtained by City Press, “We tell you of the demise of John ‘Dungi’ Moeti with profound regret and a tremendous feeling of loss.”
“John became abruptly unwell eight months ago and was being treated by a specialist. Early this morning [February 6, 2023], John passed away at home while his family and brethren were praying for him.
“We greatly appreciate your prayers and constant support. The family requests privacy during this difficult time, and funeral arrangements will be announced as soon as possible”.
Moeti, who was born in Soweto, will be remembered fondly for his playing days. He was a member of the legendary Pirates team that won the 1995 Caf Champions League championship.
Following that victory, he returned to the victors’ podium the following year, this time with Bafana, who he had assisted in winning the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations.
He is without a doubt a living hero of South African football and was also a member of the national squad that placed second in the 1998 Afcon.
One of Moeti’s wishes was for Pirates to finally win the Premier Soccer League championship; they last did so at the conclusion of the 2011–12 season.
Moeti’s life will be commemorated in South Africa, and his family is anticipated to announce burial arrangements.