Former Sheffield United, Coventry and Birmingham forward Peter Ndlovu has been critically injured in a car accident which has also claimed the life of his brother Adam in his native Zimbabwe.
Sheffield United confirmed the news in a statement on their official Twitter feed. It read: "Our thoughts are with former player Peter Ndlovu, who has been critically injured in a car accident in his native Zimbabwe. £sufc.''
A statement from Birmingham 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.''
Ndlovu was capped 100 times by Zimbabwe, and his country's Prime Minister, Morgan Tsvangirai, sent his condolences to the family via his official Twitter account.
"I am deeply saddened at the passing on of soccer legend, Adam Ndlovu, who was taken away from us in the horror crash that left his young brother, Peter, in hospital,'' Tsvangirai said. "I wish Peter a speedy recovery.
"Adam and Peter were part of our national football Dream Team in the 1990s and have continued to impart their skills to other young Zimbabwean footballers. They have made a significant contribution to culture in Zimbabwe.
"My prayers are with the Ndlovu family, the football fraternity and the nation at this sad loss.
"On behalf of my Office, my family and on my own behalf, I join with so many others who knew Adam, in offering our deepest sympathy on his passing.''
Adam Ndlovu was 42 years old. Like his brother, he began his career with Highlanders before moving to Europe, in his case spending seven years in Switzerland between 1994 and 2001, culminating in a spell with FC Zurich.
Information from the Press Association was used in this report.