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Meck Mwase gives up on Yamikani Chester

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LEFT OUT—Chester

Malawi National Football Team Coach Meck Mwase has disclosed that attacking midfielder Yamikani Chester is no longer in his plans for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against South Sudan and Uganda later this month.

The United States (US)- based attacker has been inactive since October, a development that has forced Mwase to disregard him for selection.

The former TN Stars mentor said it would be difficult to include Chester in his plans as his whereabouts remain unknown.

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Mwase admitted being in a tight corner with prospects of losing goalkeeper Brighton Munthali, defender Stanley Sanudi, and midfielders Micium Mhone and Chimwemwe Idana who tested positive for coronavirus recently.

“Things are not looking good in camp at the moment but we have no choice. Look, Chester has gone almost five months now without kicking a ball. How do we bank on him under such circumstances? He definitely cannot be in our plans,” Mwase said.

Chester was featured in the last Flames match, a goalless stalemate with Burkina Faso in October last year at Kamuzu Stadium.

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There is uncertainty over the former Be Forward Wanderers attacker’s return to his US Championship side Las Vegas Lights FC following the expiry of his loan period.

Chester, who signed for Czech side MFK Vyškov in 2018, is in the final year of his contract.

The spiky-haired star returned home in December last year for a holiday as he awaited his next move.

In January this year, Chester’s United Kingdom-based agency, Rainbow, indicated that it did not want him to return to the US.

Chester did not enjoy game time at Las Vegas Lights FC when compared to his former club North Carolina.

At Lights, he only managed to play in eight matches out of 16 this season but still managed to top the team’s scoring chart with four goals.

Soccer analyst Kevin Moyo said Mwase should consider changing his game-plan for the qualifiers.

“This is a worrisome development. The best our coach can do is change tactics as he will be without five of his key players. Under the circumstances, Mwase should work with the players he has and focus on the two matches,” Moyo said.

Meanwhile, Mwase has revealed that he would feature Malawi-based players during the friendly against Ethiopia on Wednesday next week.

The Flames will play Ethiopia in Addis Ababa enroute to Khartoum, Sudan, for a must-win tie against South Sudan on March 24.

Flames are expected to leave for Addis Ababa on Monday.

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