The Zimbabwe football fraternity has been shocked by the death early Sunday morning of Adam Ndlovu, widely regarded as one of the greatest strikers ever to have donned the Warriors jersey.
Police say Ndlovu died when his car hit a tree after the vehicle suffered a flat tyre.
Ndlovu and a woman, who is yet to be identified, died in the road traffic accident that left Ndlovu’s younger brother, Peter, in a critical condition.
The two were travelling to Victoria Falls for a friendly match involving Highlanders soccer legends, some of whom had travelled to the resort town by bus.
Zimbabweans around the country have expressed shock and disbelief over the death of Adam, the second highest scorer behind Peter in the Warriors’ colours.
He scored 34 goals for the national team.
Peter’s former English clubs, Coventry City and Birmingham, have sent their condolences to the Ndlovu family and have wished Peter a speedy recovery.
Stewart Murisa, who is based in South Africa and played alongside Adam in the Warriors, told this reporter that Zimbabwe has lost a promising coach who helped to uplift what he called the falling standards of the game of football in the country.
Murisa said he learnt a lot from Adam when they played together in the Warriors team of 1996.
He said that Zimbabwean football will never be the same without Adam, affectionately known by fans as Adamski.
Adam was coaching the Chicken Inn Football Club, which finished third in the 2012 Castle Lager Premier Soccer League race this behind champions Dynamos and runners-up Highlanders.
Chicken inn supporter, Justice Mkwananzi, paid his tribute to the football legend saying he was a true soccer hero.
Highlanders supporter, Simbai Mahachi, said the death of Adam is a big blow not only to the Ndlovu families and Highlanders, but to Zimbabwe as a whole.
Another football supporter, Tausen Dhausi, said Chicken Inn Football Club will not have it easy without Adam.
The chief executive of the Zimbabwe Football Association, Jonathan Mashingaidze, said ZIFA is deeply saddened by Adam’s death.
Mashingaidze said the association will do its best to assist even if it means to hold a game in honour of the late soccer star and his family.
He said the association will also do its best to make sure that Peter gets the best medical treatment.
Peter Ndlovu is an assistant coach of the senior national team, the Warriors, and is head coach of the Zimbabwe Under-23 team, the Young Warriors.
Report filed By Michael Kariati