Former Highlanders and Coventry City football player Peter Ndlovu is reported to have shown interest in contesting in the Zimbabwean Presidential Elections in 2023. Opposition All People’s Party (APP) confirmed that Ndlovu’s participation is in the pipeline following a series of discussions, adding that the idea of naming former Warriors captain as its presidential candidate is high on the cards.
APP interim leader Sabastian Mubvumbi confirmed that all party supporters want Ndlovu to lead the party and the former Coventry City striker has also warmed up to the idea.
Mubvumbi said as a party, they held several discussions about finding a candidate that would attract people’s attention.
He said, “That’s when Peter Ndlovu’s name was mentioned and everyone was happy about him. I held meetings with him in South Africa. I used to fly to South Africa and we talked about this and he was agreeable.
Ndlovu is said to have responded , “Go and make the right arrangements and when the right time comes I’m at your disposal’.
Mubvumbi added, “This is why you see that I’m the current acting president but the people’s choice is Peter Ndlovu.
This seat is reserved for Peter. I don’t have any reservations about that. Come 2023, Peter’s name will be on the ballot box. I’m very certain about that. We have done our homework.” He said the former Highlanders and Zimbabwe Warriors soccer star was confident of 2023 electoral victory.
Popularly known as Nsukuzonke during his heydays at Highlanders Football Club, Ndlovu is now team manager at Mamelodi Sundowns FC in neighbouring South Africa. The APP said in 2023, Ndlovu would battle it out with the Zanu PF presidential candidate Emmerson Mnangagwa, MDC Alliance’s Nelson Chamisa, MDC-T’s Douglas Mwonzora and other presidential aspirants for the hot seat.
He will not be the first African soccer player to venture into active party politics. Liberian President George Weah, a former world soccer star of the year, got the most votes in the first ballot in his first contest for the presidential elections in his native land in 2005. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban who was also footballer made headlines after he cancelled a Cabinet meeting to play a match for his local club Felcslut FC in 2001.
Radio54’s Eric Knight contacted Peter Ndlovu at his base in South Africa who could not deny or confirm the report. His response was, ‘ We will talk my brother.”
By Eric Knight