Peter on recovery path

HARARE - Former Zimbabwe football captain Peter Ndlovu  “has made a tremendous improvement” since the horrific car crash that claimed the life of his brother Adam on Sunday, family representative Harrison Nkomo said last night.

The famous Ndlovu brothers were travelling to Victoria Falls when their SUV burst a front tyre before veering off the road and uprooting a number of trees just 20km outside the resort town.

The 42-year-old Adam and a female companion, identified as Nomcebo Tshili, died soon after the accident.

Peter, who is Zimbabwe’s most capped international and record goal scorer, miraculously survived the accident and was rushed to Victoria Falls Medical Centre.

The legendary former Warriors skipper was then transferred to Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, where he has been admitted since Sunday afternoon.

Madinda, the oldest of the Ndlovu brothers, told the Daily News yesterday that the family was now waiting to hear from the medical team at the hospital before taking further action.

“The boy has had a few x-rays and scans taken today and later in the evening we will be getting a full medical report from the doctor,” Madinda said.

“I’m sure by tomorrow afternoon we will be in a position to notify the media on the next move, whether to take him to South Africa or Harare.”

The former Coventry City, Birmingham City and Sheffield Wednesday winger, who was known as “Nsukuzonke” during his playing days, suffered head injuries and fractured legs in the crash.

It was a miracle that Ndlovu survived the crash judging by how the SUV was extensively damaged after the crash.

According to Madinda, burial arrangements for Adam will be finalised today.

“The family elders are going to meet this evening (last night) and that’s when they will come up with a decision regarding Adam’s burial place,” said the Township Rollers coach.

“We will make an announcement on the burial arrangements tomorrow (today) at 1pm.”

There are two possibilities at the moment considering Adam’s final resting place.

The first option is Binga, which is the Ndlovus’ rural home, some 400km outside Bulawayo.

Due to his popularity there have been calls to have the former FC Zurich and SR Delemont striker buried in Bulawayo.

This will give everyone who was associated with Adam and the general public an opportunity to pay their last respects to the fallen hero.

For better parts of yesterday, the Ndlovu family, Chicken Inn, church, government and Bulawayo City officials were locked in a meeting to map a way forward.

As per tradition, the Ndlovu family reserves the right to make a decision on their own, but in Adam’s case they have realised he was a national icon.

All the stakeholders involved in sport, politics and religion have come together to help the family get through this difficult period.

Meanwhile, social media sites were yesterday filled with “Get well soon” messages to Peter as he continues to recuperate in hospital.

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel used Twitter to show his support for Peter, one of the longest-serving African footballers in Europe.

“Sending my best wishes to Peter Ndlovu, I hope he recovers from his injuries,” the great Dane tweeted.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Football Association (Zifa) last night sent a condolence message to the Nldovu family.

“The Zimbabwe Football Association would like to join the Ndlovu family, Highlanders Football Club, Chicken Inn Football Club and the rest of the family of football, in mourning the tragic passing on of the
former Dream striker, Mr Adam Ndlovu.

“The entire nation is devastated by the loss of a young and promising coach.

“Death is a cruel thief who callously snatches from our midst our beloved ones. Death is a destabiliser which spawns desperation, dissolution, despair and despondency.”

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