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MDC demands hero status for Adam Ndlovu

17/12/2012 00:00:00
by Staff Reporter
 
Slain ... MDC wants hero status for Ndlovu
 
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TRIBUTES for slain soccer legend Adam Ndlovu continued to pour in on Monday with MDC leader Welshman Ncube calling on government to declare the former star a national hero, and President Robert Mugabe offering his condolences.

Ndlovu died in a car accident that seriously injured his young brother, Peter, and killed a female passenger identified as Nomcebo Tshili, 24, near the Victoria Falls Airport around 1AM on Sunday.

“The MDC joins the rest of the nation in mourning this larger-than-life football icon,” Ncube said in a statement.

“We declare him, in our own way, a National Hero and urge government to do the same for the sake of maintaining the acknowledged contribution that Adam Ndlovu’s life was to this nation.

“We ask God’s strength for the Ndlovu family in this very difficult time. May Adam’s soul Rest in Peace. He represented his country with distinction in many football battles with the national team, the Warriors,” Ncube added.

President Mugabe also paid his tributes saying he had learnt of Ndlovu’s passing with “deep shock and sadness.”

“It was with a deep sense of shock and sadness that I learnt of the untimely death of one of our revered soccer legends, Adam Ndlovu,” he said.

“On behalf of government, the nation, and on my own behalf, I wish to condole with the Ndlovu family upon Adam’s passing and to wish at the same time Peter’s speedy recovery from the injuries.”

Mugabe took the opportunity to urge caution on the roads.

“May I also appeal to the motoring public to exercise extreme caution on our roads at all times and even more so during this festive period in order to save life,” he added.

The Premier Soccer League (PSL) also offered its condolence and wished Peter - head coach for the Warriors Under-23 - a speedy recovery.

“[Adam’s] death is a loss to the football family, the community as well as his family,” the PSL said.

“He was always cheerful, sociable, hardworking and passionate about football. Adam was not only a football coach but an icon and a role model. May his dear soul Rest in Peace.”

The soccer body added: “We take this opportunity to wish Peter Ndlovu a speedy recovery. To the Ndlovu family, our prayers are with you during this difficult time. May God bless you.”

The deadly crash occurred when Peter lost control of his BMW X5 after blowing a tyre. The vehicle veered off the road and collided with trees.

The two brothers, who played for Highlanders and the Zimbabwe Warriors at the same time with their elder brother Madinda in the 1990s before going international, were travelling for a friendly match featuring Highlanders Legends and a Victoria Falls local team.

Adam died shortly after the crash while Peter was airlifted to Bulawayo’s Mater Dei Hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition and recovering.

He sustained multiple injuries including a broken leg and fractured ribs. There is talk that he could be transfered to South Africa for better and more specialised treatment.

Burial arrangements for Ndlovu, who was head coach for PSL side Chicken Inn at the time of his death, will most likely be released on Tuesday.

The Ndlovu family held a series of meetings Monday following the arrival of Madinda, who is based in Botswana, and their mother who stays in Binga.

Their sisters, who are based in the United Kingdom, were also consulted and it is suspected the delays in announcing the burial is because their arrival dates are not yet solid.

Madinda told reporters that a decisions could be announced on Tuesday afternoon after a meeting of family elders.



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The elders are said to favour burial in their rural Binga homestead, while city fathers and some politicians prefer a prominent place at Lady Stanley Cemetery, which is reserved for outstanding citizens in Bulawayo.


 
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