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Gomezgani Zakazaka

Malawi national football team defence pillar Charles Petro failed to leave the country for Moldova on Tuesday due to complications in his Covid-19 pandemic results.

Instead the Sheriff Tiraspol player is expected to leave the country tomorrow as his Covid-19 travel certificate is expected to be ready by then.

Petro was among foreign based Flames players who played in two international friendly matches against Zambia and Zimbabwe but he was shocked to learn that his Covid-19 travel certificate had complications upon arrival at Kamuzu International Airport.

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The former Nyasa Big Bullets defender said he was frustrated to have failed to return to Moldova in good time as his side is preparing for games.

“It was boring to be stranded at the airport but sometimes it is good to understand the situation. I am thankful that I have been assisted by Fam [Football Association of Malawi],” Petro said.

Fam Competitions and Communications Director Gomezgani Zakazaka, said Petro’s Covid-19 certificate was supposed to show that he had tested 24 hours before his departure than the 72 hours certificate that he had.

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“Petro had Covid-19 test last Saturday meaning that he had 72 hours on the day of his departure but upon arrival at the airport the officials told us that he won’t fly because he was supposed to have a 24 hour certificate. So we had no choice but to cancel his flight to Friday,” he said.

Zakazaka said Fam had notified Petro’s club to be aware of the development.

“We had to contact his club at all cost because Petro was supposed to arrive at his club in Moldova on Wednesday [yesterday]. They [Sheriff] understood us and we hope he will not have any problems when he arrives at his club,” he said.

Petro played both games when Flames lost 1-0 to Zambia at Heroes National Stadium last week Wednesday and also in a goalless draw against Zimbabwe at Mpira Stadium in Blantyre.

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