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Yamikani Chester U-turns, agrees to sign 3-year deal

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Gift Mkandawire

Mighty Mukuru Wanderers and midfielder Yamikani Chester have reached an agreement to extend the player’s contract by three years.

This comes just a week after talks stalled between the two parties which resulted in the club announcing that they parted ways with the player.

Wanderers and Chester reopened talks this week and reached a conclusion.

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Wanderers spokesperson Clement Stambuli could neither confirm nor deny the development, saying he was not aware if Chester had accepted the offer.

“We made offers to five players, including Chester, and four players accepted instantly. Let me check with colleagues if the player has accepted it,” Stambuli said.

However, inside sources at Wanderers confided in Times Sport that the player is staying put at the club after talks with his representatives and the team.

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“It was a fruitful discussion between the player’s representative and the club. The deal is done and both parties are happy with the new terms,” the source said.

Last week, negotiations stalled after the player was reportedly demanding K7.5 million as signing-on fee to extend the contract.

Reports suggested that Chester wanted K5 million upfront as part of his signing-on fee and a monthly salary of K800,000.

Reports were also rife that Wanderers’ rivals Nyasa Big Bullets were interested in signing the versatile attacker.

When contacted Monday, Chester’s local representative Gift Mkandawire said the player belongs to Wanderers.

“What I know is that Chester is a Wanderers player. He is not a free agent,” Mkandawire, who refused to say what transpired during the meeting, said.

The player is expected to sign a new contract until 2027.

When contacted separately Monday, Chester said he was not directly involved in the discussions.

“Discussions are still ongoing and you will know once everything has been finalised,” Chester said.

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