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Charles Petro relishes second chance in European football

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Malawi national football team centre back Charles Petro is scheduled to return to European club football later this month.

Petro will make the return after his Moldovan side FC Sheriff Tiraspol was part of the Uefa Europa League third round qualifiers draw.

The draw, which was conducted on Monday night, saw Sheriff being drawn against the winner of a tie between Inter Escaldes-Engordan of Andorra and Irish side Dundalk.

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Sheriff were relegated to the second tier competition after losing 2-1 to Azerbaijan side Qarabag Agdam in the second qualifying round of the Uefa Champions League about two weeks ago.

According to Sheriff’s website, the Europa match will be played on September 24 in Tiraspol, Moldova.

“Rival in the third round of the Europa League! Today in Swiss Nyone, the draw of the third qualifying round of the Europa League season 20/21. FC Sheriff with the winner of the pair Inter Escaldes(Andorra)- Dundalk (Ireland).

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“Recall that this season, all European League qualifying rounds, including the playoffs, are held in one match and without viewers. In case of drawback, an additional penalty will be assigned in the meantime,” reads a report on the website.

Petro said he was eager to continue with his impressive performance.

“Indeed we were advised that after the Champions League loss, we will switch to the Europa League. It is my hope that this time we will go far as a club. It was disappointing to be booted out in the Champions League. We are now training hard to ensure that we go far in the Europa League,” he said.

Petro is only the second Malawian to compete in the Champions League after former Flames striker Essau Kanyenda who made the grade while plying his trade in Russia.

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