Malawi National Football Team stars Peter Banda and Charles Petro are basking in glory after helping their Moldovan side Tiraspol Sheriff in successfully defending the National Division league title.
Sheriff have retained the title with four games to spare after beating Milsami 6-0 on Wednesday night.
Banda and Petro started the match on the bench and only went in as second- Malawians did not register their names on the score-sheet. hand half substitutes. The
The win saw Sheriff climb to an unassailable lead of 89 points from 32 matches, 13 points above second-placed Petro Cub, who have played the same number of matches.
The champions return to action against Dinamo-Auto tomorrow.
Both Banda and Petro have been important members of Sheriff’s title defence this season.
Banda is on a six-month loan from Nyasa Big Bullets and has scored five goals this season while Petro celebrated his second title at Sheriff after also joining from the People’s Team in 2019.
Banda scored his first hat-trick for Sheriff in a 6-0 victory over Codru Lozova recently.
The former Griffin Youngsters striker said he was excited with lifting the league title in his first season at the East European side.
“I am very happy. It is the dream of every player to win the league title and I am very excited. I feel like I am home. I am settling down very well here. The technical panel is also very happy with me and I want to do more,” he said.
Banda has a chance to become the third Malawian to play in the Uefa Champions League if he extends his stay at the club.
Petro and Essau Kanyenda are the only Malawians to have played in Europe’s elite club competition.
Flames coach Meck Mwase hailed the two players for the achievement.
“Congratulations to the boys. They deserve it. It has been a good year for them both at club and national team level,” Mwase said.
The two stars played an important role as Malawi qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations finals, having finished second in Group B with 10 points, two behind group winners Burkina Faso.
Petro joined Sheriff on a three-year deal after successful trials whereas Banda is on loan until next month with an option to make the move permanent.