Ndlovu brothers in fatal car crash
Former Premier League forward Peter Ndlovu was in a Bulawayo hospital with serious injuries tonight after a car crash which claimed the life of his brother and fellow Zimbabwe footballer Adam.
Peter Ndlovu, 39, had playing spells in England with Coventry City, for whom he starred in the top flight, plus Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United, before returning to African club football in 2004. The skilful attacker left Highlanders in his homeland to join Coventry in 1991, and stayed at Highfield Road until 1997.
A statement from the club, now in npower League One, read: "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.
"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 20 kilometres outside Victoria Falls.
"Ndlovu achieved iconic status during his six years with the Sky Blues where he netted 39 goals in 176 (league) appearances for the club. Coventry City sends its best wishes and condolences to the Ndlovu family who will be in our thoughts."
Zimbabwean media carried pictures of a severely damaged car, reported to have been the vehicle carrying the Ndlovu brothers home from a football match.
A spokeswoman for the Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo, where Peter Ndlovu was being treated, said she could offer no details of his condition, following reports he had broken both legs.
Ndlovu's former agent Winston Makamure told BBC Sport: "Peter is now out of danger. He is now conscious and is communicating. He has internal injuries, head injuries, broken ribs and a broken leg."
Adam Ndlovu, who was 42 years old, also began his playing career with Highlanders before moving to Europe, in his case spending seven years in Switzerland between 1994 and 2001, culminating in a spell with FC Zurich.
Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, sent his condolences to the family via his official Twitter account.
"I am deeply saddened at the passing on of soccer legend, Adam Ndlovu, who was taken away from us in the horror crash that left his young brother, Peter, in hospital," he wrote.
"I wish Peter a speedy recovery. Adam and Peter were part of our national football Dream Team in the 1990s and have continued to impart their skills to other young Zimbabwean footballers. They have made a significant contribution to culture in Zimbabwe.
"My prayers are with the Ndlovu family, the football fraternity and the nation at this sad loss. On behalf of my Office, my family and on my own behalf, I join with so many others who knew Adam, in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing."