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Football | Zimbabwe

Peter Ndlovu © Backpagepix

Peter Ndlovu critical after crash



Former Coventry and Sheffield United striker Peter Ndlovu was in critical condition in a hospital in his native Zimbabwe after a car accident Sunday that killed his older brother Adam and a female passenger.

Peter Ndlovu, Zimbabwe's former captain, most capped player and record goalscorer, was taken to the hospital in his home city of Bulawayo after the crash near Victoria Falls in the west of the country.

Adam Ndlovu, who was also a former Zimbabwe international, died after the accident along with the unidentified female. He was 42.

Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai said in a statement he was "deeply saddened at the passing on of a soccer legend, Adam Ndlovu" in what he called "a horror crash."

"My prayers are with the Ndlovu family, the football fraternity and the nation at this sad loss," Tsvangirai said.

Details of Peter's injuries were not immediately known but he was expected to be flown to the capital Harare later Sunday in a helicopter provided by the Zimbabwe Football Association.

The brothers were traveling to Victoria Falls to take part in a charity match and were in Peter's SUV when it veered off the road and rolled around 20 kilometres outside Victoria Falls.

The 39-year-old Peter played for Coventry, Birmingham and Sheffield United in England, as well as Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa, and is considered one of Zimbabwe's finest players. He played 100 times for his country and is the current assistant coach to the Zimbabwe national team.

Like Peter, Adam began his career for Bulawayo team Highlanders. He also played in Switzerland and South Africa before turning to coaching and was coach of top-flight team Chicken Inn when he died.

Zimbabwe sports minister David Coltart offered his condolences on the death of Adam in a message posted on Facebook.

"My prayers are with you, Peter, be strong," he added.

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