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Soccer-Russian inmate to stay in Chile to play second division

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SANTIAGO, Feb 22 (Reuters) - Russian Maksim Molokoedov, who was convicted of drug trafficking in Chile, will stay in the South American country to play second division soccer after finishing his three-year prison term on Friday.

The 25-year-old Molokoedov will play for Santiago Morning where he had trained since last season under a special permit.

Justice Minister Juan Ignacio Pina said on Friday that Molokoedov's expulsion order from Chile had been revoked, clearing him to play for Santiago.

Molokoedov, who played for Pskov-747 in the Russian second division, was jailed after being caught by Chilean border guards carrying six kilos of cocaine.

"I'm very happy. I want to thank everyone who helped me to keep going and have the chance to succeed here in Chile," Molokoedov said.

Frank Lobos, a former midfielder with top Chilean first division team Colo Colo, discovered Molokoedov while training the prison soccer team. (Writing by Javier Leira, editing by Rex Gowar/Ian Ransom)

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