Tributes pour in for Adamski

HARARE - Tributes poured in yesterday for former Zimbabwe football international Adam Ndlovu, who tragically passed away in a horrific car crash which left his brother Peter hospitalised and a female passenger dead.

In a condolence message yesterday, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said he was deeply saddened by the passing of the Warriors legend.

 “I am deeply saddened by the passing on of soccer legend, Adam Ndlovu, who has taken away from us in the horror crash that left his younger brother, Peter, in hospital. I wish Peter a speedy recovery,” read a statement from the premier.

“My prayers are with the Ndlovu family, the football fraternity and the nation at this great loss.

 “On behalf of my Office, my family and on my own behalf, I join with so many others who knew Adam, in our deepest sympathy on his passing.”

 Highlanders chairman Peter Dube said the 42-year-old’s death was a great loss to the Bosso family and football as a whole.

 “It’s a sad chapter. It’ a devastating moment for Highlanders and football in general,” said Dube.

 Former Zimbabwe international striker Agent Sawu said:

“We have been robbed of Adam and it’s a big loss to the football fraternity.  I have known Adam since we were little boys whilst he was playing for Highlanders juniors and I was at Zimbabwe Saints. We enjoyed playing against each other and sometimes we could play together in the provincial games.

“We also played together in Switzerland at FC Kriens in 1994 for about three months before I moved to FC Luzern in that country. He was like a brother to me. I am still in shock as we speak and it will be very difficult to fill the void he left.”

Zifa technical director Nelson Matongorere said Ndlovu was a unifying factor in the football circles and his death has come as a huge blow.

“It’s a sad loss especially for Zimbabwean football. He was one of coaches we were grooming so that one day he would become our national team coach,” said Matongorere.

“After he finished playing he came to me and told me he wanted to start coaching. He was in the right track and he attained his Caf Class B licence, passing with flying colours.

“He had a good character and was committed to his work. He was one guy who was a unifying factor especially when it comes to coaches. He wanted people to work together regardless of region or tribe.”

 Sports minister David Coltart Twitted: “I am very sorry to hear of the death of Adam Ndlovu and the injury to Peter Ndlovu. Condolences to family and I wish Peter a speedy recovery.”

OTHER MESSAGES

Nick Quinn (Peter's ex-Birmingham City teammate): Our thoughts are with ex-Blues striker Peter Ndlovu and his family following news of a serious car crash in his native Zimbabwe. Keep strong.

 Kirsty Coventry: Please pray for Peter Ndlovu as he recovers from a car accident he was not only involved in, but his brother Adam unfortunately died in.

Ex-Coventry manager John Sillett: "I wanted to sign both of them, but the board would only let me sign one, and I went for Peter. Adam went off to Switzerland and had a good career but Peter was the most talented player I have ever seen."

Coventry City (Peter’s first team in the UK): All our thoughts and wishes go out to former Sky Blue Peter Ndlovu and his family. Keep strong Nuddy. - Godknows Matarutse

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