THOUSANDS of people from all walks of life thronged Lady Stanley Cemetery in Bulawayo to pay their last respects to former Warriors, Highlanders striker and Chicken Inn coach Adam Ndlovu yesterday.
Ndlovu died on his way to hospital after being involved in an accident while travelling with his younger brother Peter to Victoria Falls for a football legends match last Sunday.
Relatives, family, current and former footballers, politicians, friends and football fans paid their last respects to the late player who donned the famous jersey number 13 for the Warriors.
Former Warriors coach Rahman Gumbo, Willard Khumalo, Netsai Moyo, Douglas Mloyi, Tobias Mudyambanje, Zenzo Moyo, Methembe Ndlovu and Thabani Masawi are some of the former Highlanders former players who turned up for the burial.
Part of the crowd that attended the burial were former Warriors captain Benjani Mwaruwari, Harlington Shereni, Agent Sawu, Joel Luphahla, Nesbert Saruchera, Lloyd Mutasa, Ronald Gidiza Sibanda, Misheck Chidzambwa and Stanford "Stix" Mutizwa.
Foreign-based Musa Mguni and the South African duo of Esrom Nyandoro and Thomas Svesve were also present. Premier Soccer League coaches Kalisto Pasuwa, Lloyd Chitembwe and newly-appointed Warriors assistant coaches Lloyd Mutasa and Ian Gorowa also attended. Zifa, PSL and Sport and Recreation Commission (SRC) officials and the Sables national coach Brendan Dawson were also at the burial. The funeral was also graced by politicians who included Minister of Mines and Mining Development Obert Mpofu, Zanu PF national chairman Simon Khaya Moyo, Minister of Education, Arts, Sports and Culture David Coltart as well as MDC president Welshman Ncube.
Bulawayo Metropolitan Province governor Cain Mathema, Matabeleland North and South Governors, Thokozile Mathuthu and Angeline Masuku also attended the funeral as well as Zanu PF politburo members Sikhanyiso Ndlovu and Abigail Damasane.
Insiza North MP Andrew Langa and Bulawayo Central MP Dorcas Sibanda also attended the funeral.
Peter's ex-wife, South African music icon Sharon Dee turned up for the funeral and staged an emotional performance in honour of the late Adam.