American club hails Yamikani Chester


By Peter Kanjere:

The United States’ North Carolina FC have spoken highly of their Malawian signing Yamikani Chester, who will spend six months with them on loan from Czech Republican outfit MFK Vyškov.

Carolina Coach, Dave Sarachan, told the club’s website that they have signed Chester from Vyskov, via Be Forward Wanderers, alongside American midfielder Austin Panchot.


“Yamikani came to us and I know his representatives are people we trust. When I watched him on tape, his quickness and speed and his ability to run with the ball and beat players stood out.

“I don’t think you can ever have enough of those players who have that quality in the final-third. From what we have seen, he has the potential to be an electric player,” Sarachan told

He said the Czech team has also loaned them Donovan Owolo to join a growing roster that includes goalkeeper Alex Tambakis, defenders Aaron Guillen, Steven Miller and DJ Taylor, midfielders Panchot, and Graham Smith.


According to Carolina, Chester, who is among the TNM Super League Player of the Season award contenders after scoring four league goals in the just-ended season, is aged 24.

He played for Bangwe All Stars in the Blantyre Youth League before signing for Tigers where he spent six seasons including a spell with Bvumbwe Research before penning for the Nomads in 2016.

Scouts from Cameroon spotted the winger while playing for the Flames in the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers. He also played for Malawi under-20 national football team once in 2010.

Chester has all attributes of a top player—he has speed, a magnetic first touch, acceleration, can dribble, cross but needs to work on his physique and finishing.

But the spiky-haired linkman is yet to leave the country.

The Czech team loaned him out as the season in that country is on recess.

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