Former Highlanders legend and national team striker, Adam Ndlovu, who died in a horrific car crash at the weekend, will be buried in Bulawayo on Saturday, a family spokesman has said.
Madinda Ndlovu, the eldest of the Ndlovu brothers, said they decided on Saturday to give family, friends and colleagues travelling from afar time to make it to the burial.
The 42 year-old Chicken Inn FC coach died together with Nomqhele Tshili, in the crash near Victoria Falls that left his brother Peter critically injured. It is believed Nomqhele was Peter's girlfriend.
Our Bulawayo correspondent Lionel Saungweme told us that 39 year-old Peter is reportedly in a stable condition and can recognize people and also speak to them, although he hasn't been told of Adam's death.
'All what the family is telling him is that Adam and Nomqhele were injured and are being treated in separate rooms in the hospital,' Saungweme said. Friends who visited the former Coventry, Birmingham and Sheffield United winger said Peter miraculously survived the crash because of his decision not to buckle up following a rest stop in Hwange.
'When they got to Hwange, Peter says they stopped to use the toilets and on going back behind the wheel, he didn't buckle up, while Adam and Nomquele did. On impact Peter was thrown out of the vehicle and in the process sustained head injuries, broken ribs and a broken leg.
'Adam and Nomquele, it would appear, bore the full brunt of the impact as they remained trapped, buckled up in their seats. It's very unfortunate that seat belts are there to save lives but in this instance, it was not the case,' a source told us.
Tributes from friends and the general public have continued to pour in since the tragic announcement of Adam's death on Sunday. People have taken to social media outlets to express their shock and devastation at his sudden death.
Many describe Adam as a bright, fun, wonderful football person who lit up every room he walked into. Others said Adam loved football as much as football loved him. He will be hugely missed as a player and a manager.