HIGHLANDERS coach Kelvin Kaindu says Zimbabwe has lost a good coach in Adam Ndlovu.
Report by Sukoluhle Mthethwa Sports Reporter
The legendary Warriors striker passed away on Sunday morning following a horrific accident that injured his younger brother Peter.
Peter is now in a stable condition. He sustained head injuries, broken ribs and legs, but is expected to attend Adam’s burial on Saturday.
The accident claimed the life of a 24-year-old woman Nomqhele Tshili.
Kaindu spoke to NewsDay Sport yesterday from Zambia and said he was saddened by the death of Adam.
“It came as a shock to hear that Adam and Peter had been involved in an accident which resulted in the death of Adam. He is among the former Highlanders players that accepted me when I came to Highlanders. The nation has lost an asset and no one will replace him.
“He was one coach whom I could sit down with to discuss football matters anytime. There is a possibility that I might attend the burial. I should be leaving Zambia on Friday (tomorrow),” said the Highlanders gaffer.
Adam transformed Chicken Inn to a formidable side guiding them to a third-place finish this year behind Dynamos and Kaindu’s Highlanders.
“He was a very good coach and was very tactical. Highlanders played well this season, but we played goalless draws home and away against Chicken Inn. They gave us our first home draw. It is so painful to talk about it because Zimbabwe needed to have a coach like Adam,” he said.
Matabeleland South governor Angeline Masuku has joined several politicians in the country to pay tribute to the late Warriors legend Adam.
The governor attended the funeral service of the late Adam at his house in Selborne Park on Tuesday evening.
Masuku said it was out of question that Adamski befitted a hero status.
“I know that when you look at me, you look at me as a politician, but I am here as a parent. He (Adam) was our hero as a region. I want to recognise Adam as a hero and our child. Many look at a hero as someone who carried a gun. I don’t know what the deliberations would be in Harare, but we hope that he is accorded that respect,”
Masuku said because of Adam, many children left the streets to pursue a career in football.
“A lot of children left the streets to play football because of Adam. Let’s unite and be one in happiness and in grief.
With those words I say ‘Adam you left us when a number were following in your footsteps. Rest in peace. You are a hero in the region’,” Masuku said.
Among some of the personalities that attended the service were MDC spokesperson Nhlanla Dube, former Highlanders secretary and Premier Soccer League chief executive officer Kennedy Ndebele, Highlanders legends Douglas “British” Mloyi, Tobias Mudyambanje, Zenzo Moyo and Chicken Inn Football Club officials.