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Ndlovu injured in car accident

16 Dec 2012 14:46:54

Ndlovu injured in car accident

Coventry say their thoughts are with former striker Peter Ndlovu after he was critically injured in a car crash which also claimed the life of his brother Adam.

The Sky Blues were the 39-year-old Zimbabwean's first English club after he was spotted playing for Highlanders in his homeland, moving to the midlands in 1991 and staying with the club until 1997.

A statement from the npower League One club 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."

Ndlovu's second club in England were Championship side Birmingham, who released a statement saying: "The thoughts of everyone associated with Birmingham City Football Club are with Peter Ndlovu and his family following news of a serious car crash in Zimbabwe. Peter was a very popular player during his time at St Andrew's and we hope he pulls through this difficult time."

Ndlovu made 137 appearances and netted 28 times in all competitions for the Blues. He joined Huddersfield on loan over the winter of 2000-01, scoring four goals in six games for the Yorkshire club, and left Birmingham on a permanent basis in February 2001 when he joined Sheffield United on a free transfer.

He played 154 times for the Bramall Lane club, scoring 29 goals, and left them in July 2004 when he returned to African club football. The Blades released a statement on their official Twitter feed which read: "Our thoughts are with former player Peter Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native Zimbabwe. #sufc."

He was capped 100 times by Zimbabwe, and his country's Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, said on 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. 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."


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