21 December 2012

Zimbabwe: Mighty Warriors Grieve for Adam

THE MIGHTY Warriors yesterday joined the nation in mourning the late Warriors legend Adam "Adamski" Ndlovu who died in horrific car crash on Sunday. Adam will be buried tomorrow at Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo.

His brother, Peter, was seriously injured in the accident which also claimed the life of a 24-year-old woman, Nomqhele Tshili.

Chairperson of Zimbabwe Women Football, Mavis Gumbo, said the local women's football fraternity, including the Mighty Warriors, were saddened by the death of Ndlovu. "Adam, who was popularly called Adamski, was a warm and approachable character who always took time to share his vast football knowledge and experiences at any opportunity.

"He will be missed, not only by his family and friends, his club Chicken Inn FC, but by all who came into contact with him, who watched him play for Highlanders and for the Dream Team," said Gumbo.

Gumbo said Ndlovu will be remembered for his contribution to the world of soccer.

"We remember him as a giant of Zimbabwean sport, who served as a football role model for many players, both male and female. May His Soul Rest In Peace.

"We extend our deepest condolences to the Ndlovu family and the entire football family on this sad loss, and we stand with them at this painful time," said Gumbo.

The women's football boss also extended her condolences to the Tshili family following the death of Nomqhele Tshili who was travelling with the Ndlovu brothers in the same car.

"We extend our deepest condolences too, to the Tshili family on the death of Nomqhele Tshili who died in the same accident. May her soul rest in peace," said Ndlovu.

"We wish Peter Ndlovu a speedy recovery. Zimbabwe Women Football appreciates the input Peter has made in the development of the sport in Zimbabwe," said Gumbo.

Former Dynamos chairman Simon Makaza also paid tribute to Adam Ndlovu whom he described as a humble person who was "more than a son to me".

"Adam's death came as a devastating shock to me. In fact I was shocked and greatly saddened by his untimely death because I knew him personally from the days I was the chairman of Dynamos and then the team manager of the national Under-20 and 23 teams.

"Adam was not only a top football man, but he was a nice bloke and a humble person too.

"In fact, I remember at one stage when Zifa appointed me as the head of delegation of the Zimbabwe senior national team that was invited for Malawi's independence celebrations. Sunday Chidzambwa was the coach and Adam Ndlovu was the team captain and that was when I saw his leadership qualities.

"As a player, Adam was just a professional person. He respected everybody including his coach, his teammates and manager, and when he talked to me, he talked to me like he was talking to his father. We ended up having a personal relationship which at times saw him coming to me to get some help or assistance from me whenever he was in Harare."

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