Malawi National Football Team attacker Peter Banda scored his first hat trick for Tiraspol Sheriff as the club thrashed FC Codru Lozova 6-0 in Moldova’s National First Division League Thursday.
The youngster was handed a place in Sheriff’s first eleven for the first time since joining from Nyasa Big Bullets on a six-month loan deal.
Banda opened the flood gates in the 19th minute before scoring the second goal five minutes later.
He completed the hat-trick with two minutes before the break.
In total, the Malawian has scored five goals for the club this season.
Sheriff continued scoring in the second half with Dago netting the fourth goal before Castaneda and Kolovos also registered a goal each.
Banda, who is on the radar of an unnamed Hungarian side, is the third Malawian player in Eastern Europe after Charles Petro earlier joined the same club with Francisco Madinga signing for Dira Gori of Georgia.
Football analyst George Kaudza-Masina described Banda’s exploits as great news for Malawi.
“This is good news for Malawi. It is a great advertisement for our football. Peter should keep on fighting because there are big clubs there in Europe that can easily snap him up,” Kaudza-Masina said.
Sheriff are on course to successfully defend the league title having opened a 16-point gap at the summit of the table with 83 points from 30 matches.
Petrocub lie second with 76 points from 29 matches.