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Jan 3, 2011

Ndlovu eyes Zimbabwe swansong

Former Coventry City striker Peter Ndlovu is being enticed out of retirement by a club from his Zimbabwe homeland. Harare-based Dynamos are in talks with the 37-year-old as they look to add him to their books for the remainder of the season.

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Ndlovu officially retired in 2010, but last played in the 2008-09 season before being released by South African Premiership club Thanda Royal Zulu when they were relegated.

He wasn't able to contain his itchy feet for long and plotted a comeback soon after hanging up his boots in June. In November he was quoted as saying: "What I'm promising is that I will be playing six months to a year in 2011."

It was widely speculated that he would return to the club where he began his career in 1988, Highlanders, and where he earned the nickname the Bulawayo Bullet.

His link to Dynamos will come as a shock to Highlanders, who are arch rivals of their Harare counterparts and are neck and neck in the current league table. Dynamos are in second place, level on points with top side Motor Action, while Highlanders are in third, nine points behind.

While Ndlovu will no doubt be an asset in the league, the Dynamos will really be hoping that he can set the African Champions League alight as they won just one out of six games in the continental competition last year.

"His experience and star quality would be a great addition to our team ahead of the Champions League campaign," Dynamos club secretary Oliver Manyau said. "We are still talking to him and we should be able tie-up the deal."

Ndlovu left Highlanders in 1991, making a name for himself in the English Premier League with Coventry, where he scored 39 goals, before moving on to play for Birmingham City and Sheffield United.

He arrived at South African side Mamelodi Sundowns in 2004, signing as their highest-paid player, and spent four years there before moving to Thanda Royal Zulu.

Ndlovu made 100 international appearances for Zimbabwe and is the Warriors' all-time leading goal scorer with 32 goals. He was also the first black Zimbabwean player to appear in the English Premier League.

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