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Crawley sign Brazilian keeper Evandro Rachoni de Lima who fled Ukraine

Evandro Rachoni de Lima has been playing in the ninth-tier. Photo: Evandro Rachoni de Lima

Crawley have signed Brazilian goalkeeper Evandro Rachoni de Lima on non-contract terms.

The South American stopper was previously playing in Ukraine, before moving to England where he been playing for London Bari in the ninth tier.

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Evandro departed Eastern European due to the tensions there, which saw gunmen board his team's bus ahead of a game.

“We were travelling by bus to a game, and rebels stopped us and came inside with their guns,” the custodian told FourFourTwo. “I was the only one on the bus from Brazil, so I was very scared they’d do something to me. That was the moment I decided to get out.

“The rebels don’t think about anything but making war and it’s very frightening for professional players to be out there. It’s very dangerous in Ukraine, as everyone can see.”

Evandro will now be playing at Crawley. Credit: PA

The goalkeeper has played in the Ukrainian top-flight for Arsenal Kiev and in Brazil for Fluminese.

He was used to playing in front of thousands against Champions League sides such as Shakthar Donetsk, but has spent the last few months at London Bari being watched by a smattering of supporters in Stratford.

He is expected to make his debut in a Sussex Senior Cup match against Whitehawk.