Peter denies political ambitions

HARARE - Zimbabwean football great Peter Ndlovu has dispelled rumours making the rounds he has declared his interest to stand for a parliamentary seat under a Zanu PF ticket.   

The social media rumour mill was in overdrive yesterday with reports that the country’s most capped international and record goal-scorer was considering vying for the Makokoba constituency in his hometown of Bulawayo.

The “disclosure” largely drew a wave of criticism from the public, with many warning the former national team captain against risking his legendary status by entering Zimbabwe’s often murky political field.  

Although Ndlovu was unreachable for comment yesterday, his older brother Marko Dube spoke on his behalf, telling the Daily News that the ex-Warriors skipper had earlier called him in the day, dismissing the reports as false.

“There is nothing like that,” Dube said yesterday.

“We do not know anything like that, it’s totally unfounded. I spoke to him this morning when he was first told about the rumours, and he said he didn’t know where it was all coming from really. It’s just mere speculation, perhaps coming from people who want him to be on their side.

 “No, no, no! He has never talked about it and we have never discussed about it as a family.”

Talk was rife that Ndlovu, who spent 12 years playing professional football in the UK for several Premiership and second-tier clubs, was keen to contest in Makokoba as a way of “paying back” Mines minister Obert Mpofu, who footed his medical bills following a fatal accident in December which killed his brother Adam and left him seriously injured.

 

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