THE family of Nomqhele Tshili, the young woman who died together with soccer legend Adam Ndlovu in a car accident on Sunday has quashed speculation of a feud between the two grieving families.
Tshili, 24, was laid to rest at her rural homestead in Esiphezini, just outside Bulawayo on Thursday, and members of the Ndlovu family attended the funeral.
Following the deadly smash, social media went ablaze with reports that the young lady’s family was furious with the Ndlovu brothers for taking their daughter for an overnight tryst without their knowledge.
But in a graveside tribute, a spokesman for the Tshilis, Moses Mkandla appeared to dismiss the rumours saying the family was not blaming anyone for the tragedy.
“What happened cannot be blamed on anyone. It was an accident,” Mkandla said. “However, I would like to ask pastors among us to pray so that these accidents stop happening.”
Nomqhele was Peter’s girlfriend, NewZimbabwe.com has been told. A Tshili family member said until the tragedy, they were unaware that they had a “famous son-in-law.”
Peter is recovering at Mater Dei Hospital where he is said to be out of danger.
The Warriors Under-23 coach was the one at the wheel of his BMW X5 when it veered off the road after a burst tyre and collided with trees, killing Adam and Tshili along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road.
A man identified as the deceased woman’s grandfather admonished journalists and some members of the public for trash talking her granddaughter on social media and newspapers.
“People have been saying a lot on Facebook, including you the media about my late granddaughter whom I loved so dearly,” the old man said.
Happenings at the funeral pointed to an understanding between the two grief-stricken families, and nothing suggested otherwise.
The Ndlovu clan was said to have contributed towards Tshili's funeral requirements, and it sent a delegation that included Highlanders officials.
Several politicians also attended the burial, among them Bulawayo Central lawmaker Dorcas Sibanda and Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Umzingwane MP Nomalanga Khumalo.
Meanwhile, a big send-off for Adam is scheduled for Friday and Saturday morning before burial.
A funeral procession will be held from Nyaradzo Funeral palour on Friday at 2PM, ending at Luveve Stadium where members of the public will be allowed to pay their last respects.
The parade will pass through the Ndlovu family business, MAP Brothers along Fort Street and Chicken Inn headquarters where the renowned footballer was employed as coach for the fast food chain’s soccer team, Chicken Inn Football Club.
Soccer administrators will pay their tributes at the family home on Friday.
“At home, stakeholders like ZIFA, PSL, Chicken Inn, Highlanders, will give speeches on Friday,” said Madinda.
And on Saturday morning, there will be a service at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre after which Ndlovu's body will be taken to Barbourfields Stadium where he began his carrier playing for Highlanders alongside his brothers, Madinga and Peter.
He will be buried at the Lady Stanley Cemetery.