TRIBUTES have started pouring in following the death of respected boxing coach Philip ‘Striker’ Ndlovu who died in Makokoba this Thursday.
The demise of respected boxing Coach Philip ‘Striker’ Ndlovu has not only shocked the Makokoba community, but the country and the continent giving credence to the legend he was.
The late boxing coach’s nephew Maqhawe Ndlovu confirmed that he died early this morning at Ejingeni flats in Makokoba.
“As a family we are shaken that he is gone. I couldn’t believe my eyes this early morning when we discovered the sad development,” said Maqhawe Ndlovu, Striker’s nephew.
One of the towering boxing figures Elvis ‘Bomber’ Moyo said he is yet to come to terms with the demise of his former mentor who is known for his passion in using boxing to get youngsters off the streets.
“We are shaken, we were busy mobilising resources for him to get appropriate medical attention, we are now only left with good memories of moments we shared with the legend,” said Elvis ‘Bomber’ Moyo, ex-World Boxing Federation Africa Champion.
In his neighborhood, Striker was a towering figure among Makokoba residents who looked up to him for inspiration.
“It is a huge blow to the entire community of Makokoba to know that death has robbed us of our striker. He was a legend,” said one resident in Makokoba.
“He made us see sports as an enterprising activity. His soft voice was emphatic, especially when he spoke of the importance of discipline in sports,” said another.
The late Ndlovu identified and churned out successful athletes, including former World Boxing Association (WBA) Pan African heavyweight champion Thamsanqa Dube and former-World Boxing Federation (WBF) Africa heavyweight title holder Elvis “Bulawayo Bomber” Moyo, Fredrick Chisoro, Ambrose Mlilo and Sipho Moyo, among others.
Mourners are gathered at Ejingeni flats in Makokoba, Bulawayo.
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