ZIMBABWE and Highlanders legend Peter Ndlovu was airlifted to a Bulawayo hospital from Victoria Falls on Sunday after a horror crash killed his brother, Adam.
The former Coventry City winger, regarded by many as Zimbabwe’s best player in history, was said to be out of danger after being checked into Mater Dei Hospital in Bulawayo.
His ex-manager and friend Winston Makamure said: “He is now conscious and is communicating. He has internal injuries, head injuries, broken ribs and a broken leg.”
Peter, 39, is said to have been at the wheel of his silver BMW X5 when he lost control of the vehicle near the Victoria Falls Airport on the Bulawayo road.
The vehicle – which was reduced to a mangled wreck – levelled several trees before coming to a stop in the accident just after 1AM on Sunday.
A yet to be identified female passenger died on the spot while Adam – also a Highlanders legend and former Zimbabwe striker – died on the way to Victoria Falls Hospital, according to police.
The Ndlovu brothers, whose brother Madinda also played for Highlanders and Zimbabwe, were travelling to Victoria Falls for a match pitting Highlanders Legends and a local team.
Tragic ... Adam Ndlovu died on way to hospital after horror crash near Victoria Falls
In England, Coventry City released a statement in which the club said it was “saddened to hear of a tragic road accident in Zimbabwe that has left Peter in a critical condition and claimed the life of his brother Adam.”
The club added: “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.”
Peter’s former Sky Blues team-mates have also been tweeting their support and best wishes.
Darren Huckerby wrote: “Terrible news about Peter Ndlovu and his brother, hope he pulls through.”
Birmingham City, for whom Peter also played, issued a statement, which read: "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."
Sheffield United, another of his former clubs, said: "Our thoughts are with former player Peter Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native Zimbabwe."
At the time of his death, Adam was coach of Premier League side Chicken Inn while Peter doubles up as the current national Under 23 coach and assistant coach for the senior national team.
Adam's death has shocked a nation with outpourings of grief and good wishes for Peter flooding social networking sites and local radio.