EX-Blade Ndlovu ‘out-of-danger’ but brother dies in crash

Critical: Ex-Sheffield United star Peter Ndlovu.

Critical: Ex-Sheffield United star Peter Ndlovu.

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FORMER Sheffield United star Peter Ndlovu is ‘out-of-danger’, after a few touch-and-go hours, following a car smash that killed his brother in their native Zimbabwe.

The Blades tweeted the news about Peter in a statement on their official Twitter site.

It read: “Our thoughts are with former player Peter Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native Zimbabwe. #sufc.”

According to reports, the smash killed his brother, Adam, also a former footballer who played for Zimbabwe, after a tyre burst on the car they were travelling in near Victoria Falls airport,

It appears the vehicle left the road and hit a tree. A female passenger is also reported to have died in the accident, while another is thought to have escaped without injury.

Peter, who was also a forward with Coventry and Birmingham, is understood to have broken several ribs and both legs.

Ndlovu’s former manager and close friend Winston Makamure confirmed to BBC Sport that the accident happened in the early hours of Sunday morning.

“Adam has died and Peter is getting the best possible medical attention for the time being,” said Makamure.

“What we are doing is making sure that he gets the best for him. He is not in a coma.”

Ex Sheffield United star Ndlovu, who had a 13-year career in England, was returning home after watching a local match when the BMW X5 the group were travelling in crashed.

They were returning home after watching a local match.

Peter left Sheffield United in 2004 after more than 150 appearances with the club. Ndlovu was a favourite among Coventry fans during the 90s. He scored 39 goals in 176 matches before leaving for Birmingham. He had a short loan spell at Huddersfield before joining Sheffield United. He had been working as a coach for the Zimbabwe Young Warriors Under 23 team.

Coventry’s 1987 FA Cup winning manager John Sillett - who was responsible for bringing both Ndlovu brothers to England - said the brothers were ‘very, very close’

“Adam had a good career but Peter was the most talented player I have ever seen,” said Sillett.

“They were both cracking lads.”Coventry’s 1987 FA Cup winning manager John Sillett - who was responsible for bringing both Ndlovu brothers to England - said the brothers were ‘very, very close’

“Adam had a good career but Peter was the most talented player I have ever seen,” said Sillett.

“They were both cracking lads.”

Coventry City Football Club have also released a statement: “We are 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.

“Ndlovu achieved iconic status during his six years with the Sky Blues.”

Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, Morgan Tsvangirai, has sent his condolences to the family via his official Twitter account.

He said: “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.

“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.”

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