Is Lee Ndlovu’s dad football coach Peter Ndlovu? All the details

Nancy Marende

Lee Ndlovu is an English footballer born in Bulawayo to parents of Zimbabwean descent. The Boreham Wood FC forward is a prolific scorer who helped the team to reach the National League Playoffs in 2021.

Many fans have been curious about the relationship between rising English footballer Lee Ndlovu and icon Peter Ndlovu. However, despite sharing a similar surname, the legendary football icon is not Lee Ndlovu’s dad.

Peter Ndlovu’s profile summary

Full namePeter Ndlovu
NicknameUnd-luv, Flying Elephant
Date of birth25th February 1973
Zodiac signPisces
Place of birthBulawayo, Zimbabwe
Current residenceZwavelpoort, East Pretoria
Height5’8 feet (173 cm)
SiblingsAdam and Madinda Ndlovu
Relationship statusDivorced
PartnerSharon Dee (Hlengiwe Dlamini)
Children(13) Takudzwa Ndlovu, Makhosi Ndlovu
Profession Football coach, ex-footballer
Net worth$ 1 million 

Peter Ndlovu is a renowned Zimbabwean footballer who featured for English clubs Coventry City, Birmingham City, and Sheffield United during his prime. Aside from having 100 caps for the Zimbabwean National Team, Peter was also the first African to play in the EPL.

Is Lee related to Peter?

 Lee Ndlovu
Lee Ndlovu while playing for Boreham Wood FC. Image: Twitter/tom_mcconnon_

Unknown to many, Peter Ndlovu is not Lee Ndlovu’s dad, and the two, despite sharing a surname, are entirely unrelated.

The only connection between the duo is their respective legacy on the English football scene. The two players of African descent have become prolific in the respective leagues in which they have featured.

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Lee Ndlovu himself has been making waves in the English football scene in the colours of Boreham Wood FC

Lee Ndlovu’s parents

The identity of Lee Ndlovu’s parents remains unknown; however, he was born in Bulawayo to parents of Zimbabwean descent.

African football icon Peter Ndlovu is mistakenly presumed to be misunderstood as Lee Ndlovu’s dad. The two are entirely unrelated and coincidentally share a similar surname.

Lee Ndlovu’s background, nationality

Despite boasting the surname Ndlovu, Lee and Peter are entirely different and have no family ties. Lee Ndlovu was born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, before moving to England.

Lee Ndlovu is, however, of African descent and Zimbabwean nationality, as showcased in his national team call-up in 2017.

Lee Ndlovu’s career

Lee Ndlovu is a professional footballer born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, on 28 January 1992. He began his footballing career by playing for local teams Bantu Rovers FC, Chicken Inn FC, and Highlanders FC in Zimbabwe.

Lee would later relocate to England, where he played for non-league football teams Bedworth United, Rushall Olympic, Nuneaton Town, and Tamworth. He then switched to National League side Boreham Wood FC, helping them to the playoffs in 2021.

In 2017, he received his first international cap to feature in Zimbabwe’s exhibition match against Lesotho.

Peter Ndlovu’s career

Legendary football coach Peter Ndlovu was a striker for various English clubs from 1998 until his recent retirement from the sport in 2011.

Peter started playing football at a tentatively young age, playing in the streets of Makokoba, Zimbabwe, alongside his brothers Madinda Ndlovu and the late Adam.

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Professionally, he played for the Highlanders in Zimbabwe before moving to the English top-flight league.

Peter was scouted by John Sillett, who used the influence of Terry Butcher to sign the player. The move to Coventry City made him the first African to play in the top-flight English Premier League.

First African player to score a hat-trick in the EPL

Peter Ndlovu playing during the Worthington Cup - Semi Final - First Leg - Sheffield United v Liverpool in 2003
Peter Ndlovu playing during the Worthington Cup – Semi Final – First Leg – Sheffield United v Liverpool in 2003. Image: Getty Images

Peter immediately repaid John’s faith by scoring against great football giants Arsenal and Aston Villa. Aside from being the first African player to feature in the league, Peter Ndlovu became the first to score a hat-trick in the English top-flight league.

Peter played for Birmingham City, Huddersfield Town, and Sheffield United during his stint in England.

In his later career, Peter played for South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns. A prolific goal scorer, he earned over 100 caps for the Zimbabwe national team, scoring over 50 goals.

Peter Ndlovu’s marriage

Peter Ndlovu tied the knot with gospel musician Sharon Dee, and they had 13 children together. However, in November 2009, the musician filed for divorce from Ndlovu, citing infidelity in the marriage.

The divorce was heard, with Ms Dee requesting monthly child support payments of £1,420. However, the court only awarded her payments of £ 568, something Peter has struggled to honour owing to his recent court citation in 2023 for negligence.

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