Marko Dube: The lost Ndlovu sibling

HARARE - Former Highlanders player Marko Dube’s popularity is a far cry from the fame of his internationally recognised siblings, the Ndlovu brothers Madinda, Adam and Peter.

Marko is perhaps more famous for his resemblance to former Zimbabwe international striker Adam Ndlovu.

The two siblings are so similar that they are not easy to tell apart from a distance.

Differentiating the two is a riddle that has confronted many.

The lesser known Marko has resigned himself to continuously being mistaken for his more famous half brother.

“Most of the times I do correct people when they mistakenly identify me as Adam but there are times when I just go with the flow and return people’s salutations without letting them know I am not him,” Dube says.

This resemblance comes in handy especially when Dube is on duty with the Bulawayo Province football teams as people warm up to him as soon as they discover that he is part of the famous Ndlovu football dynasty.

A former teacher and police officer, Dube also played for Highlanders like his famous brothers but did not play professionally and instead decided to train as a teacher before quitting to join the police force.

He started playing soccer at Thabiso Youth Centre and later joined Youth Contact Centre where he played alongside his younger brother Madinda.

Dube later moved to Highlanders where he did feature in the Highlanders first team but his playing time was restricted to just a handful of appearances because of his college commitments.

“I had to choose between being a teacher and footballer which meant that I could only train with Highlanders when I had some spare time from my studies. As a result I ended up playing more for the college team and would only feature for the reserve side at Highlanders,” Dube says.

After joining the police force Dube was sent to Bindura where he played for ZRP Bindura. He was later transferred to Gwanda where he took up coaching and was in charge of ZRP Gwanda.

Dube also coached in Plumtree when he was stationed.

Upon his return to Bulawayo, Dube was instrumental in the formation of Makokoba City Warriors, a side he coached from the second division up to the first division where they played for a number of years before succumbing to economic challenges.

He is currently the secretary of the Zimbabwe Soccer Coaches Association Bulawayo Chapter and is also the Bulawayo provincial football team manager.

Dube has during his tenure as the Bulawayo provincial team manager, been part of the Bulawayo Under-13, Under-14 and Under-20 sides that finished as runners-up at national tournaments held earlier this year.

“It is my wish that one day I may be called up to manage one of the national teams because it is every person’s dream to represent his or her country but only time will tell,” Dube says.  

Marko is indeed Ndlovu’s blood brother but he and the first born in the family, Martin (late), grew up with their grandmother and took up her surname Dube when they were registered for school. - Sakheleni Nxumalo

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