Several soccer fans most of who appeared to be Dynamos fans heaped praise on Ndlovu for the move. Writing on his face book page, they said it will help develop the game in the country and in the process breaking the age old tribal clashes that saw many players from either teams failing to cross the floor.
On the other hand supposed Highlanders fans questioned why he wanted to join Dynamos when he could easily return to his former club Highlanders.
“Man you are great just do your decision,” wrote Alex Tivakudze on Ndlovu’s wall encouraging him to join Dynamos.
Another supposed Dynamos fan went further in his bid to see the Flying Elephant at Dynamos. He lavished praise on him saying, “Come to Dynamos the champions of Africa 2011.”
But another Ndlovu fan questioned why he wanted to join Dynamos. “To play for Dynamos at this age?” asked Alois Ruzane.
One more fan borrowed from President Robert Mugabe’s mantra in his bid to poke Dynamos fans to forget that Ndlovu will ever join their team. “Dynamos will always wish you to play for them but dreams should remain dreams and they must end in the house, Peter Ndlovu is a Highlanders player for life,” said Tawanda Jiji.
However amid all the jostling and mudslinging among fans of the two football giants Ndlovu decided to take a very unlikely decision. He opted to join an unknown Division One soccer side Highfield United.
Ndlovu will become the property of the team but will play on loan at the police side Black Mambas in the 2011 season.
Highfield United is owned by road engineering company Twalumba Holdings. It plans to play in Division One in Harare but will relocate to Binga once its promoted in the premier soccer league.
Ndlovu was unveiled as a Highfield player at a media briefing held in Harare on Wednesday. One neutral soccer player welcomed his decision to join the obscure club ahead of the two soccer giants.
“You didn’t to cause a tribal war, thanks for the decision,” said Canaan Glen Nhliziyo writing on Ndlovu’s face book page after the announcement of Ndlovu’s decision.
The flamboyant soccer player who became the first Zimbabwean to play in the prestigious English premier soccer league, then moved to South Africa where he played for Mamelodi Sundowns becoming South Africa’s highest paid soccer player.
He has also been involved in the Volkswagen Junior Soccer development projects which he has been running together with former national soccer team player Edzai Kasinauyo.
He was negotiating with Dynamos as a possible destination to rekindle his dance with the local game. But the deal fell through after the Glamour boys failed to handle it professional resulting in Ndlovu opting out.
But for many soccer fans, it does not matter whether he walks onto the soccer field in Dynamos, Highlanders or Black Mambas colours. It is his swansong with the local game that they will savour.