By Alex Bell
17 December 2012
Tributes have been pouring in for Zimbabwean footballer Adam Ndlovu, who died after a serious car accident over the weekend. His brother Peter, who was also in the car at the time, remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital.
A female passenger, whose name has not yet been confirmed, also died in the crash in the early hours of Sunday morning. They were travelling in a BMW X5 on their way to Victoria Falls, to take part in a friendly soccer match between Highlanders Legends and the Victoria Falls Social Soccer League select team.
Adam Ndlovu, a former striker for the national football team, has also represented the country at international level and will be remembered as a key contributor to the development of the nation’s soccer scene.
“Zimbabwe has lost a great footballer, inspirational agent and the true dedicated son of the soil,” the MDC Youth Assembly said Monday.
The MDC-T also added its message of condolence to the Ndlovu family, saying: “We will remember Adam for giving glory to Zimbabwe as part of the Dream Team playing in the 1994 World Cup final qualifiers.”
His brother Peter, an all star in national and international football, is still undergoing treatment after suffering serious injuries in the crash.
SW Radio Africa’s Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme visited the family home on Monday and reported that the family is still in shock. “The soccer fraternity too is in shock and the whole day there have been cars streaming to the home with people sending condolences. It is such a shock, they really thought he’d be around much longer,” Saungweme said.
Saungweme explained that the family is trying to “avoid a double tragedy” by not telling Peter about his brother’s death, “just in case the shock should result in another death.” He added that the family has been left hurt and angry by false rumours spread on social media websites, that Peter had also passed away.
Saungweme meanwhile said that the details of the crash are being investigated, but nothing suspicious is suspected. He spoke to another Ndlovu brother who said that Adam, who was driving, was not a drinker, but he might not have been wearing a seatbelt.
It has been reported that the car the brothers were in crashed after one of the vehicles tyres burst, which has been attributed to the shocking road conditions in Zimbabwe. No other car was involved in the accident.
Peter led the national team to the Nations Cup finals in 2004 and 2006 before returning home after a lengthy and successful career in England and South Africa, to be the assistant coach of the senior national team. It is not yet clear what impact the car crash will have on his football career.