Orlando Pirates forward Tendai Ndoro yesterday paid tribute to his former coach Adam Ndlovu, who tragically passed away in a road accident three years ago.
Ndlovu, together with a Bulawayo female companion Nomqhele Tshili, passed away after his brother’s SUV in which they were travelling crashed into a tree along the Bulawayo-Victoria Falls highway on December 16, 2012.
The trio were travelling to Victoria Falls where the Ndlovu brothers were set to take part in a Highlanders legends match against a select team from the resort town when the tragedy struck.
Peter Ndlovu survived the crash but suffered a broken leg and some head injuries.
At the time of his death, Adam, who was capped 34 times by Zimbabwe, was now the coach of Castle Lager Premiership side Chicken Inn.
Ndoro played under Ndlovu in the domestic Premiership before moving to Mpumalanga Black Aces in the South African Absa Premiership.
The forward, who is now on the books of the Sea Robbers, took to Instagram to pay tribute to his former coach.
“3 years since u left us our Hero. I called u father, friend, brother am here where I am now coz of u. Wish u where here to witness it. No words can express how much I love n miss u Adamskie. May Soul Rest In Peace (sic),” wrote Ndoro along with a picture collage of Adam.
His death robbed Zimbabwe of one of its finest football legends after a glittering career which began in the early 90s at Highlanders.
Ndlovu moved to Swiss side SC Kriens in 1994 and spent three years there before going to join SR Delemont in the same league in 1997. The gifted forward finished his career in Switzerland in 2001 after a two-year stint with FC Zurich.
He moved back to his childhood club Highlanders where he spent another two seasons before making the move to South Africa to join Moroka Swallows.
In South Africa, he also turned out for Dynamos and Free State Stars before hanging up his boots in 2005 before taking up a career in coaching.