Zimbabwe football legend Peter Ndlovu has been named by leading football magazine Four Four Two among the top 100 foreign players to play in the English Premier League.
Ndlovu spent a good part of his career in the England playing for then EPL side Coventry City and Football League sides Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town and Sheffield United.
Nicknamed the ‘flying elephant’ and ‘Bulawayo Bullet’ a young Ndlovu burst into the EPL making history by becoming the first African Footballer player to play in the English Premier League after signing from Highlanders.
Ndlova was put on number 97 on Four-Four Two Top 100 countdown. The England based magazine had this to says about Ndlovu:
While the name might mean little to today’s generation, Ndlovu brought class when foreign players were a Premier League rarity. He’d go on to win 100 caps for Zimbabwe, but even as a teenager he was key for Coventry City (another name who’ll resonate with few Premier League fans today).
In a struggling side Ndlovu was a constant nuisance, if not a prolific one, to opposition defences. The striker was largely responsible for maintaining Cov’s 34-year residence in the top flight, before dropping a division in 1997 to improve Birmingham, then Sheffield United. He’s still remembered fondly in the Midlands