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Ndlovu 'stable' as brother dies

2012-12-17 11:06
Peter Ndlovu (File)

Harare - Former Zimbabwe international Peter Ndlovu was in a "stable condition" after suffering multiple injuries in a car crash which killed his elder brother Adam, a family friend said on Sunday.

The accident, which also killed a female passenger, happened as the brothers were travelling near Zimbabwe's Victoria Falls early on Sunday.

Ndlovu, 39, was taken to a public hospital in the country's second city Bulawayo, according to family friend George Bhebhe.

"He is in Mater Dei Hospital now and in a stable condition and we are waiting for other family members who will be able to give more details," Bhebhe said.

His former manager Winston Makamure told the BBC the player was "conscious and is communicating".

"He has internal injuries, head injuries, broken ribs and a broken leg."

Ndlovu played 100 times for Zimbabwe while also featuring for Coventry City, Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United in a 13-year stay in England. He is currently the assistant coach to the Zimbabwe national team.

"Coventry City Football Club is saddened to hear of a tragic road accident in Zimbabwe that has left former striker Peter Ndlovu in a critical condition and claimed the life of his brother Adam," said a Coventry statement.

"It has been reported that both were travelling from an away match between Chicken Inn FC and a local side when Ndlovu's car suffered a tyre blow-out which caused the car to veer off the road 20km outside Victoria Falls."

Ndlovu scored 39 goals in 176 appearances for Coventry between 1991-1997.

Adam Ndlovu, 42, spent seven seasons playing in Switzerland and was also a former Zimbabwe international, scoring 34 goals for the national team.

He was coaching Chicken Inn FC in the Zimbabwe Premier League.

Birmingham, for whom Peter Ndlovu made 137 appearances, scoring 28 goals between 1997 and 2001, also expressed their shock at the incident.

"Peter was a very popular player during his time at St Andrew's and we hope he pulls through this difficult time," said a Birmingham statement.

He joined Huddersfield on loan over the winter of 2000-01, scoring four goals in six games and left Birmingham on a permanent basis in February 2001 when he joined Sheffield United on a free transfer.

He played 154 times for United, scoring 29 goals, before leaving in July 2004.

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