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Prince of Bosso with the heart of a king

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Tadious Manyepo

Sports journalist

At the age of 16, Zimbabwe’s greatest ever footballer, Peter Ndlovu announced his arrival in the local top league playing for the Highlanders.

He was hugely talented and his prowess would land him in the English Premier League in no time after signing for Coventry City in 1991.

The iconic Warriors captain, who is currently the manager of Mamelodi Sundowns in South Africa, officially hung up his boots in 2011 when Highlanders wonderkid Prince Ndlovu had just turned five.

The 16-year-old Mzilikazi High student hasn’t had the opportunity to watch Ndlovu during his entire career.

He has also failed to meet the legendary former Coventry City, Sheffield United and Birmingham City star.

And now, trying to fit into Peter Ndlovu’s boots and perhaps follow the same path as him, Prince Ndlovu feels no pressure to try to do as much as the legend.

Prince Ndlovu, one of the youngest players in the Castle Lager Premier Soccer League, was promoted to the Bosso 90 senior team last month.

With a developing frame and impressive performance across the board, he is tipped to reach the heights that the great Peter Ndlovu reached in his prime.

Critically, Prince Ndlovu, given he didn’t watch Peter Ndlovu, said he felt no pressure to try to match him.

“I want to do more and accomplish more.

“I don’t have a lot of pressure because I haven’t watched Peter (Ndlovu) play. I just heard that and I know he was exceptionally talented. So I play my normal game without putting too much pressure on myself,” Prince Ndlovu said.

“For me (playing for the Highlanders) is a dream come true because most kids want to be at that level and being there at my age is something I really enjoy and I’m very grateful for that.

“My mum (my mum’s sister who I’m staying with) was so happy she almost cried (when she heard that I had been promoted to play in Bosso’s senior team). My mum is staying in Africa from the South and when she heard the news that she had come here, I mean she was so excited.

Prince Ndlovu said he was not intimidated to play against older opposing players as it was something he was already used to when he was still playing in the top division where Bosso 90 competed.

“It all started when I was playing in the junior league, I used to play with older guys and I got used to it so when I made my senior debut, playing with the big boys was something. something I was already used to, so I wasn’t so nervous.

“It’s really amazing to share the dressing room with some of the guys I used to read about in the papers when I was around 10, 12. I used to look up to those names, Peter Muduwa, Lynoth Chikuhwa, Ariel Sibanda and others, so playing with them now is an amazing feeling. Those guys don’t talk a lot. They really motivate me to do the right thing.

Prince Ndlovu was born the year Bosso last won the league title and he believes he can help them find glory again before embarking on the next stage of his promising career.

Prince Ndlovu wrote his name in the history books when he made his debut for the Highlanders aged 16 after coming on as a second-half substitute against Manica Diamonds. Peter Ndlovu made his debut for the Highlanders aged 16, 33 years ago, but Prince made his debut eight days younger than Peter Ndlovu’s debut.