Malawi national football team blossoming defender, Charles Petro, has signed a three-year deal with Moldovan side Tiraspol Sherrif FC (The Wasps) after passing one month trials.
The European club announced signing the 19-year-old 2019 TNM Super League best defender on its website yesterday.
“Welcome Charles Malawi defender. Charles has become the new player of Sheriff, the club’s leadership and the player came to an agreement and signed cooperation agreement. Despite the young age, the 19- year old player made his debut for national team of his country. FC Sheriff’s team is pleased to welcome him and wishes him an endless series of victories and trophies within our club,” reads part of the statement.
Fifa-registered intermediary Chamunoda Musanhu, who is facilitating the deal, yesterday confirmed that Petro impressed during the trials.
“It is a stepping stone for Charles. He has the potential to move to bigger teams in future. We thank Bullets for nurturing him into the player that he is. This is a future captain for Malawi. He did well during his trials and they like him,” Musanhu said.
Speaking in an interview from Moldova yesterday, Petro said he was excited with the news.
“My agent has told me that I have done well and what is remaining is for Bullets and Sheriff to agree on the way forward. So Bullets are in a better position to shed more light on what happens next, but I can assure you that I am now a player of FC Sheriff,” Petro said.
The former Nyasa Big Bullets Reserve defender said he would join his new teammates in a pre-season tour of Russia next week.
By joining the club, Petro has a chance to play in the Uefa Champions League as Moldova is a member of the European football governing body.
Sherrif competed in the Champions League this season but were knocked out after a 4-3 aggregate loss to Sarburtalo Tbilisi in the first qualifying round.
Flames Coach, Meck Mwase, hailed Petro for clinching the deal.
“I congratulate Petro wholeheartedly. I am very excited as his national coach. This is a sign that we also have good players. The sky is the limit for hard working players and I hope more Malawian players will follow in his footsteps,” Mwase said.
Sherrif were founded on April 4 1997 and finished as champions of Moldova’s National First Division.
Another top Malawian player, Francisco Madinga Junior, joined Georgian club FC Dila Gori on a similar three-year deal recently after passing trials.
Bullets defender Precious Sambani and striker Hassan Kajoke could join Madinga and Petro in Europe if they travel and pass trials at Ukraine side Rukh Lviv.
Sambani and Kajoke travelled to Kenya to process visas and are back in the country awaiting departure.