Former Premier League star Peter Ndlovu in hospital after car accident which killed his older brother and a female passenger



17:59 GMT, 16 December 2012

Former Coventry City footballer Peter Ndlovu is out of danger after surviving after a horror car crash which claimed the life of his brother.

Ndlovu, who also played for Birmingham, Sheffield United and Huddersfield during a 13-year career in England, was en route to play a friendly match for the Highlanders Legends team against Victoria Falls when the car he was travelling in, a BMW X5, struck a tree near Victoria Falls after a tyre burst.

His elder brother, Adam, also a former footballer who played for Zimbabwe, died in the incident near Victoria Falls, along with a female passenger.

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Horror: The smashed-up BMW X5 on the side of the road that was reportedly driven by Adam Ndlovu

Peter Ndlovu and his elder brother were en route to play a friendly match when the car crashed

Adam, 42, spent seven seasons playing in Switzerland representing SC Kriens and SR Delemont before moving to FC Zurich.

The younger Ndlovu, 39-year-old Peter, made over 400 appearances for Coventry City, Birmingham City and Sheffield United.

Close friend and former manager Winston Makamure updated the BBC on his condition today, saying the footballer was out of danger.

'He is now conscious and is communicating,' he said. 'He has internal injuries, head injuries, broken ribs and a broken leg.'

According to reports in Zimbabwe, Adam was driving the car when it crashed

Peter Ndlovu was a favourite among
Coventry City fans during the 90s. He scored 39 goals in 176 matches before
leaving for Birmingham and then had a short loan spell at Huddersfield before
joining Sheffield United.

Coventry City Football Club wrote on Twitter: 'All our thoughts and wishes go out to former Sky Blue Peter Ndlovu and his family. Keep strong Nuddy.'

tweet from the Sheffield Unitd read: 'Our thoughts are with former player Peter
Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Legend: Peter Ndlovu

Hero: Peter Ndlovu starred for Coventry (left) in the Premier League before joining Birmingham

Birmingham City F.C. also released a statement, which read: 'The thoughts of everyone associated with Birmingham City Football Club are with Peter Ndlovu and his family following news of a serious car crash in Zimbabwe. Peter was a very popular player during his time at St Andrew's and we hope he pulls through this difficult time.'

Former Birmingham co-owner David Gold tweeted: 'Peter Ndlovu is one of the nicest footballers I ever met. We are all thinking of you Peter, get well soon.'

Peter has been working as a coach for the Zimbabwe Young Warriors Under 23 team.