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Peter snubs Dynamos, joins Mambas via Highfield

[Posted 06 Jan 2011]
[By BeezSports Reporter]
Ndlovu has joined Highfield United, who immediately loaned him out to Black Mambas

In a very interesting turn of events, Peter Ndlovu, who was reportedly on the verge of joining CAF Champions league perrenial campaigners Dynamos, made an apparent U-turn and ended up signing for little known First division team Highfield United of Zimbabwe.

The former Coventry City and Birmingham striker had been linked with a return to his child-hood club Highlanders and Bosso's bitter rivals Dynamos. It was always going to be tricky for Ndlovu to ditch Highlanders for Dynamos.

Probably joining little known Highfield United was the safest compromise that Peter had to make. Players crossing the floor between bitter rivals Dynamos and Highlanders has been regarded as taboo in Zimbabwe in the past.

Those who have broken ranks and joined bitter rivals, like Makwinji Soma-Phiri did when he moved from Bosso to DeMbare in the 90s, have been ostracised by the fans of the teams they ditched. Soma-Phiri never enjoyed walking the streets of Bulawayo after his move to Harare.

Strong sentiments in Bulawayo against Peter's intended move to Dynamos were summed-up in one fan's outbursts after news broke out that Peter had been included in Dynamos' Champions League squad:

"When Ndlovu has been in trouble overseas and in South Africa, the same Dynamos fans have wished him bad and made a mockery of him, but we at Highlanders have been with him all the way. On that note, I feel betrayed by Peter Ndlovu," said one fan.

It appears that Peter eventually saw reason and decided to avert a strom in Bulawayo by choosing the lesser known division one club Highfield. 

Peter was immediately loaned out to his brother Madinda Ndlovu's club Black Mambas. Madinda is Mambas' technical director, and interestingly, he plays the same role for Highfield United.

The first division franchise (Highfield) has been bought by Twalumba Holdings, who also sponsor Mambas, and may be that explains Madinda's double roles with the related clubs.

Peter, who holds a Caf level C coaching licence, is believed to be in line to provide some coaching or technical support to ambitious division one side Highfield, alongside his elder brother Madinda.

Speculation is rife in Zimbabwe that sooner rather than later, Peter could be seen playing a techincal role even in the Warriors set-up. Hence his decision to move from second capital Bulawayo to Harare.

Peter was capped by Zimbabwe 100 times, scoring 38 goals before calling game on his international career with the Warriors. He is a record holder for the most goals scored by a Warriors striker.

No other individual soccer player has been such a darling of Zimbabwean soccer fans before and after Ndlovu's international retirement.


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