Bullets defender off to Moldova for trials

A window of opportunity has opened for Nyasa Big Bullets blossoming centre-back Charles Petro who is set to undergo trials at Moldovan top-tier side FC Sheriff Tiraspol.

Bullets chief administration officer Albert Chigoga said in an interview yesterday that the 20-year-old defender is expected to leave today for the Eastern European nation for the month-long trials.

Petro: I am excited

He said the player secured the trials through their connections with international agents.

“We have links with international football agents who monitor our players through video clips we send and our social media platforms,” Chigoga said.

“At the moment, we do not want to be specific with the details, but our policy is that we want to have meaningful deals for our players. What we want is for him to be successful,” Chigoga said.

In an interview, Petro said he was excited with the trials and promised to make the most of the chance.

“It’s too good to be true for me. I am happy to have this an opportunity. I will work hard to impress and clinch a deal,” he said.

Petro, a graduate of Nyasa Big Bullets Reserves, had a grand 2019 season on his TNM Super League debut, helping The People’s Team defend the title.

He also made it into the Flames starting line-up last year.

According to Bullets Facebook page, the Moldova National Division champions are based in Tiraspol. The team was formed in 1996 as Tiras Tiraspol, before it was refounded as Sheriff the following year, taking its name from the company which has since been sponsoring it.

The first trophy of “the Wasps” was the Moldovan Cup, which they won in the 1998–99 season, when they also made their debut in the First Division.

FC Sheriff honours include 18 championship titles, nine cups and seven Super Cups. On the European stage, Sheriff earned a spot in the first qualifying round of the 2020-21 Uefa Champions League, the same stage they finished last season. The team has reached the group stage of the Uefa Europa League on four occasions.

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