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It’s time Ndlovu quit international football

DARLINGTON Majonga’s column in the last issue of the Zimbabwe Independent (September 2) was strikingly appropriate in light of the developments that took place on the field of play last Sunday.

, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif”>The reference in the column to Peter Ndlovu’s advanced age affecting his performance was almost prophetic. In fact, I believe that the match on Sunday is a clear indication that it is time the Flying Elephant hung up his boots and retired gracefully from international football.

For the first time in many years, Ndlovu contributed little if anything at all to the Warriors. While in the past he was influential in his contribution from a playing point of view on Sunday he was a pale shadow of the player who used to mesmerise fans and torment defences with his speed and dribbling skills.

After losing his pace as he got older he had maintained his influence on the national team in other ways, mostly as a source of inspiration, and his mere presence on the pitch drove other members of the team to raise their game. So in the past even on a bad day you could count on “captain fantastic” aiding our cause by simply being in the green and gold of the Warriors.

But September 4 was an entirely different story. Ndlovu’s performance was totally ineffectual.

He made a number of stray passes, failed to make any penetrative runs or beat his marker. For the majority of the match he was out of position and drifting aimlessly from flank to flank.

Let me speak on behalf of many football fans and suggest that Ndlovu announces his retirement from international football and contribute to the game at another level, perhaps as assistant coach to Charles Mhlauri or by becoming involved in developing the game at grassroots and junior level. His influence is still felt there and he will make a more significant contribution.



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