THE Zimbabwe football fraternity woke up to shocking news that one of its favourite sons, Adam "Adamski" Ndlovu, had died in a car accident yesterday morning. The tragic accident, which claimed the life of the 1991 top goalscorer and left his younger brother Peter badly injured, occurred in their Matabeleland North home province early yesterday morning.
Peter is now out of danger, according to family spokesman Harrison Nkomo, who spoke to him on the phone, after being moved to Bulawayo for treatment.
"He is in a stable condition, he is fine and he is receiving excellent medical attention," said Nkomo, a lawyer.
Peter was driving a BMW X5 when it veered off the road, after one of its front tyres burst, and ploughed into three huge trees.
Adam, who played for FC Zurich in Switzerland, was 42. The Ndlovu brothers, whose elder brother Madinda also played for Highlanders and Zimbabwe, are football legends in this country.
The owner of Mamelodi Sundowns, Patrice Motsepe, yesterday passed his condolence message to Winston Makamure, the man who managed Peter during his stellar playing career.
"I am so relieved to hear that Peter is recovering," said Motsepe, who signed the Flying Elephant from Europe.
"Please pass my condolences to the Ndlovu family on the passing on of Adam.
"May his soul rest in peace. I hope to see you and Peter during your next visit to South Africa. All the best."
The Minister of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture, David Coltart, led the tributes on Twitter saying: "I am very sorry to hear of the death of Adam Ndlovu and the injury of Peter Ndlovu. Condolences to the family and I wish Peter a speedy recovery.
"My prayers are with you Peter, be strong.
"I am afraid that Adam Ndlovu's tragic death is another reminder how dangerous Zimbabwe's roads are at night."
Former Warriors goalkeeper Muzondiwa Mugadza also expressed his shock over the untimely death of his former teammate Adam Ndlovu.
"A good man and a good friend who always wore a smile on his face has been taken so soon.
"Adam Ndlovu will be missed by many and May His Soul Rest in Eternal Peace. (Our) prayers are going to yet another good man in Peter Ndlovu, who is recovering from the tragic accident.
"May God heal broken hearts," Mugadza said. Another former Warriors goalkeeper Energy Murambadoro was also shaken by the untimely death of Adam Ndlovu.
"Rest in Peace mukoma Adamski haa ndarwadziwa akomana."
Fungai Tostao Kwashi, a former CAPS United striker who is now based in Vietnam, wrote on his Facebook wall:
"Just got the sad news. Rest in Peace legend (Adam Ndlovu). You were a top striker. And get well soon to Nsukuzonke Peter Ndlovu.
"May God guide and look after the Ndlovu family during this tough time."
Clifford Muparutsa wrote from Zambia: "Adamski gone to be with his Maker, Nsukuzonke critical. God gives, God takes.
"He gave us the Ndlovu family -- legends of our game, vaita kuda kwavo. Let's direct our prayers to the family. Please God, allow us to have one more dance with Peter, our Flying Elephant. I could even cry."
Clemence Marijeni, a former sports reporter with The Chronicle in Bulawayo, also sent his message of condolence from his base in UK yesterday.
"Munhu akanaka haararami shuwa. It's hard to believe Adam Ndlovu is gone - a good friend and such a good man, very humble and hardworking.
"The last time we met we played together in a social soccer match for Chronicle FC and as usual he was his light-hearted self joking about how he had grown thick skin from the banter he receives from soccer fans 'besithi ngadla imali ka Peter.'
"You needed to get to his Selbourne Park home to see kuti murume uyu aive akarongeka . . . Rest In Peace Adamski . . . Get well soon Peter."
Former Blackpool striker Liberty Masunda was "devastated" by Adam Ndlovu's sudden death.
"Rest in Peace Adam Ndlovu, one of Zimbabwe's finest strikers of his generation. It's sad to lose such a wonderful gentlemen," Masunda said from his UK base.
Former Warriors and Chapungu striker, Maxwell "MaRhino" Dube, who is also based in the UK, wrote on Facebook: "I am devastated and shocked that one of my former Zimbabwe national teammates Adam 'Admski' Ndlovu is late and (his brother) Peter is in a critical condition after a car accident on their way to Victoria Falls.
"To say I'm sad, is an understatement.
"Adam was a friend, brother and he helped me a lot for all the achievements I've got.
"Let's pray for Zongo (Peter Ndlovu) to recover. My deepest condolences to the Ndlovu family, especially Madinda, he needs our prayers and support."
Former CAPS United star Alois Bunjira, who played with Ndlovu in his heydays, posted a picture where they posed together on Friday at the Soccer Star of the Year awards in Harare.
He grieved: "You have been a great friend.
"It has indeed been an honour to play with you and to know you as a friend.
"Zimbabwe has lost a gallant soldier who gave us 34 goals in international football. You are a legend and soccer hero.
"May your soul rest in eternal peace! We all pray for Peter to recover and our prayers are with your family."
Johannesburg-based former Chronicle sports reporter, Phathisani Moyo, was also shaken by Adam Ndlovu's untimely death.
"Adam Ndlovu, a friend, brother and a Zimbabwe football legend. Still trying to make sense of the sad news that indeed you have left us. You were an inspiration to many and one humble friend despite your fame.
"RIP Adamski and Peter our prayers are with you to get well soon."
Farayi Mungazi of the BBC also sent his message of condolence from London yesterday.
"So Adam Ndlovu is no more. A genuine football gentleman and a hero to many.
"As far as I know, he never turned down an interview request from me. Gone too soon Adamski. As for Peter, words fail me. I wish you a speedy recovery."