Big Bullets starlet Peter Banda invited for trials in Moldova
Nyasa Big Bullets playmaker Peter Banda’s dream of playing football in Europe could materialise after being offered month-long trials at Moldovan outfit Sheriff Tiraspol where he will link up with former teammate Charles Petro.
Banda, who has also been the target for a host of South African teams, is expected to leave the country on January 14 through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA).
Both his manager Griffin Saenda Jr and Nyasa Big Bullets Chief Administration Officer Albert Chigoga confirmed the development.
Saenda said it would be a dream coming true for Banda to join an European club.
“It has taken us over a year of hard work as a family to see our boy achieve this. It is our wish that Peter should play in top competitions such as the Champions League and Europa League.
“We thank Bullets for their cooperation and guiding the lad,” he said.
Chigoga said Bullets were happy to keep exporting players and wished Banda to have successful trials.
“It is true there is an interest from Moldovan club Sherrif seeking Peter’s services. we, as Bullets, believe in promoting our players, especially when it is a win-win situation,” he said.
Chigoga said Banda would undergo trials from January 14 to February 15.
Sheriff Tiraspol, or simply Sheriff, is a football club based in Tiraspol, a city located in the east of the Republic of Moldova in the de jure unrecognised Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
Founded in 1996 as Tiras Tiraspol, it quickly established itself within Moldovan football.
Meanwhile, Banda has said he was aware of Sheriff’s interest but was yet to be furnished with full details.
“I expect both my manager and team to give me more details. Otherwise I will try my best to impress during my stay there,” he said.
In 2018, Banda underwent trials at top South African side Bidvest Wits, having had unsuccessful trials with Orlando Pirates Reserve.
Earlier during the same year, Banda, alongside teammate wing-back Precious Sambani, who then was playing for Be Forward Wanderers, also underwent trials at Belgian side Club Brugge.
Last year, Banda penned a three-year deal at Bullets, having joined the People’s Team on loan from Griffin Young Stars.
Before signing a permanent deal, Silver Strikers were also tracking the player but the deal fell through.
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