PETER Ndlovu received a surgical operation on his fractured legs at Mater Dei Hospital on Wednesday, and his condition was described by an ally as “progressing well.”
The legendary footballer was injured in a tragic car smash that killed his brother, Adam – another soccer icon - along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway early Sunday.
Radio broadcaster, Ezra Tshisa Sibanda, a close confidant of the Ndlovu brothers told friends on Facebook: “Peter Ndlovu was successfully operated today [Wednesday]; both legs look fine and he is progressing well.”
Various other people corroborated Sibanda’s statements saying Ndlovu’s condition was stabilizing, though he remains in great pain.
Peter is head coach for the Warriors Under-23 side, and assistant mentor for the senior national team.
Adam was coach for the Bulawayo-based Premier Soccer League (PSL) side Chicken Inn.
A funeral procession for him will be held from Nyaradzo Funeral palour on Friday at 2PM, according to Sibanda, ending at Luveve Stadium where members of the public will be allowed to pay their last respects.
And on Saturday morning, there will be a service at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre after which Adam's body will be transported in another procession through the city center to Makokoba township, his childhood neighborhood.
There will also be a brief stopover at the Barbourfields Stadium where he started his legendary carrier playing for Highlanders Football Club, before his body is taken to its final resting place – Lady Stanley Cemetery.
The young woman who died in the same crash, Nomqhele Tshili, 24, will be buried in Esiphezini on Thursday at 9AM, according to Sibanda.
“Let’s go and support the Tshili family at this time of need,” Sibanda beseeched, “and thank you to Highlanders Legends for helping out in the funeral arrangements of our dear late sister Nomqhele.”
Nomqhele’s relationship with the Ndlovu brothers remains a subject of speculation, with many concluding she might have been a girlfriend of either of the two.
And when journalists sought clarification from Ndlovu family spokesman Madinda on Tuesday, he would not put the question to rest.
“A tragedy like this needs special attention. She died with our brother so it is our concern and we will meet with the parents and ensure that we give her a decent burial. Maybe when Peter is well, he will tell us more," he said.
Friends and relatives mourned the young lady described as "a devout Christian and single mother" on Facebook.
"The Lord knows why he took u so early," wrote one friend. "I'm so heartbroken and confused. !Rest in Peace; always u will be missed."