Moldova

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Sher­iff made it four league ti­tles in a row, ex­tend­ing their na­tional record to a to­tal of 17. They have only fin­ished off top spot twice since 2001. Win­ners in 2012, Mil­sami lifted the cup for a sec­ond time, beat­ing Zim­bru Chisinau 2-0 in the Fi­nal with two goals in ex­tra-time from sub Maxim An­to­niuc. As usual, Sher­iff will play in the Champions league qual­i­fiers. Mil­sami and Petrocub Hincesti go into the Europa League. One more Europa League place will be al­lo­cated af­ter the 2019 Cup Fi­nal in May.

Zaria Balti fin­ished bot­tom of the league and will be re­placed by A Divi­sion champions Co­dru Lo­zova. A grad­u­ate of An­der­lecht’s youth academy, Sherif’s Bel­gian striker Ziguy Badibanga im­pressed with eight goals and eight asis­sts. Lil­ian Popescu guided Petrocub to third place in the league for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive sea­son, which is con­sid­ered a big suc­cess for a small provin­cial club. Many young Moldovan play­ers moved to for­eign clubs this year and 20year-old Zaria Balti for­ward Vadim Gul­ceac is the best of the next crop that are com­ing through.

Im­pressed ...Ziguy Badibanga

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