Former English Premier League striker and Zimbabwean international, Peter Ndlovu, has expressed interest in becoming his country’s next president in the 2023 election. Ndlovu made history by becoming the first African to play in the Premier League when he turned out for Coventry City in 1992. He is currently the coach of South African side, Mamelodi Sundowns, and is a member of Zimbabwe’s All People’s Party.
His interest in the presidency, according to myzim.zw, was disclosed by his party’s interim leader, Sabastian Mubvumbi, who said all party supporters want Ndlovu to lead the party.
Mubvumbi said he has held at least two meetings with Ndlovu, where they discussed possibilities of him becoming the next Zimbabwean president.
He said the party looked for a candidate that would attract people’s attention.
“That’s when Peter Ndlovu’s name was mentioned and everyone was happy about him.
“I held meetings with him in South Africa. I used to fly to South Africa and we talked about this and he was agreeable. He said ‘go and make the right arrangements and when the right time comes, I’m at your disposal’. This is why you see that I’m the current acting president but the people’s choice is Peter Ndlovu. This seat is reserved for Peter. I don’t have any reservations about that.
“Come 2023, Peter’s name will be on the ballot box. I’m very certain about that. We have done our homework,” said Mubvumbi.
If his bid is successful, Ndlovu will become the second African, after Liberia’s George Weah, to move from the football pitch to become president.
Weah, 51, was elected president of Liberia in 2018.