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Might have played for Coventry and Small Heath but I always quite liked him. The best of luck to the guy, hope he makes it but doesn't sound good.

One of Zimbabwe’s iconic names in domestic football, Adam Ndlovu has died in a horrific road accident in

Zimbabwe, while his brother and former Coventry City striker Peter Ndlovu is fighting for his life.

Reliable sources say Peter Ndlovu who was seriously injured is in a comma, and there are now prayers in

Bulawayo and the rest of the country as a dark cloud hangs over Makhokhoba suburb where he was born

and bred - that the former meteoric striker may not pull through.


The late Adam Ndlovu

The accident occurred when they were travelling together along Victoria Falls road when Peter’s X5 BMW burst a

tyre and skidded out of control, veering off the road. The two had opted to drive in their private car while the rest

of the Highlanders Legends team used a hired bus.


Wreckage of Peter Ndlovu's BMW X5

The tragic road accident occurred 20km out of Victoria Falls where Adam died while his brother Peter is said to be critical.


Peter's BMW X5 wreckage

They were coming from a friendly match between Chicken Inn FC and a local team. Adam who alongside his

sibblings Madinda and Peter, dominated local soccer in the 1990s when they formed one of the most formidable

strike force at Highlanders the country has ever seen. It was a joy seeing Adam passing the ball to Peter, then fro

m Peter to Madinda with the late Benjamin Nkonjera in the web. The trio shot to the international scene during the

Reinhardt Fabisch days, they were currently playing a major role in developing the sport in Zimbabwe.

According to sources, Adam was driving, though it was not immediately clear whether the vehicle overturned or

hit a tree.

Chicken Inn secretary-general Tavengwa Hara confirmed the tragic news saying his team had suffered a

devastating loss.

He described Adam as a hard worker who ran the team in a "smooth" and professional manner.

"Yes, I can confirm that sadly we have lost our coach in a car accident this morning [sunday]," he told another

online publication.

Adam Ndlovu played for Highlanders, SC Kriens, SR Delémont, FC Zürich, Moroka Swallows, Dynamos and Free

State Stars. At the time of his death, Adam was coaching Chicken Inn FC while the critically injured Peter is national coach for the Warriors Under 23s.

Peter Ndlovu remains the most internationally successful Zimbabwean footballer and was now coach for the

Zimbabwe Young Warriors U23 National team.

Peter Ndlovu who remains Africa’s longest serving player in England, once dominated the Premier League while

playing for Coventry City, in which English commentators described him as “African George Best”.

He also played for Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United. He also played for Mamelodi

Sundowns, Thanda Royal Zulu, Highfield United and Black Mambas. Peter was capped 100 times by his country,

scoring 38 international goals.

Peter was originally spotted by John Sillett, prior to his official signing from Highlanders by Terry Butcher in July

1991. He made an immediate impact by scoring away at Arsenal and then became the toast of Highfield Road

with a thunderbolt winner against Aston Villa in November 1991, endearing him to the Sky Blues fans.

Although he would go on to play a major role at several clubs in the second tier, his time at Coventry will always

stand out due to its top flight status. He would play a significant role in two major teams, Bobby Gould's attacking

team of the early 90s and Ron Atkinson-Gordon Strachan's expansive squad of the mid-late 1990s.

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Reliable sources say Peter Ndlovu who was seriously injured is in a comma

Not good news, wish the guy well.

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