TNM Super League leaders Silver Strikers have conceded defeat in the race to sign Malawi National Fooptball Team attacker Yamikani Chester.
Ahead of the transfer window which opens on Saturday and closes on May 30, Chester was one of Silver Coach Daniel Kabwe’s prime targets.
However, the Central Bankers have lost out on securing Chester’s signature as the former United States-based star has opted to rejoin his former club Mighty Wanderers until the end of the season.
Silver Chief Executive Officer Thokozani Chimbali admitted that they can no longer sign Chester.
“Chester was our target but it seems he is going back to Wanderers; so, we just have to accept it,” Chimbali said.
Chester agreed to a mutual termination of his contract with Czech side MFK Vyskov, having spent two seasons in the United States’ USL Championship.
The player’s manager, former Wanderers chairperson Gift Mkandawire, confirmed that Silver were on the verge of re-signing the attacker.
“Silver showed strong interest and discussions were at an advanced stage but Chester has opted to remain in Blantyre to be close to his family,” Mkandawire said.
The versatile forward has been training with Wanderers and is expected to be cleared once the transfer window opens.
Football Association of Malawi Compliance Manager Casper Jangale said the transfer could be among the first to be processed on Saturday.
“We are in the modern world, so the player can be cleared just hours after the transfer window has been opened,” Jangale said.
Chester joined USL Championship side North Carolina in December 2019 on loan from Vyskov.
Meanwhile, Silver have signed veteran midfielder Frank Banda but he is yet to get registered.