By Tichaona Sibanda
19 December 2012
The MDC led by Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai on Wednesday declared the late Highlanders and national team legend Adam Ndlovu a national hero, in recognition of his ‘unstinting contribution to football in Zimbabwe.’
This was decided following a full MDC national council meeting in Harare. This symbolic gesture has been greatly welcomed by the Ndlovu family who announced that Adam will be buried at Lady Stanley cemetery on Saturday.
The 42 year-old Chicken Inn FC coach died together with Nomqhele Tshili, 24, in the crash near Victoria Falls that left his brother Peter critically injured. It has been confirmed Nomqhele was Peter’s girlfriend.
Peter underwent a successful operation on Wednesday to insert pins in both his fractured legs. He also broke some ribs in the horrific crash, but is expected to fully recover.
In a statement the MDC-T, whose MPs and top leadership are keen sportsmen, sent consolations to the Ndlovu family.
‘The party wishes Peter Ndlovu a speedy recovery. Further, in recognition of Adam’s unstinting contribution to the Zimbabwe football fraternity, the Party declares Adam Ndlovu a national hero,’ the statement said.
A friend of the Ndlovu family told SW Radio Africa they had been been overwhelmed by the gesture and recognition coming from Tsvangirai’s party.
‘This comes at a time when the family and whole country are still trying to come to terms with the shocking death of Adam,’ the family friend said.
On Tuesday, the family finally broke the news of Adam’s death to Peter and this left him shattered.
There will be a church service for Adam on Friday at Luveve stadium where everyone is invited to attend. There will also be a funeral procession in Bulawayo, which will be led by the Highlanders football club.