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Top scoring Chester could play in Europe, Asia

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George Kaudza Masina

After shining like a beacon for Las Vegas Lights FC in the United States League (USL) championship where he finished the 2019/20 season as a top goal -scorer for his team, Malawi national football team attacker Yamikani Chester could find himself playing in Europe or Asia.

Chester is still in the country after wrapping up the 2020 USL championship season earlier this month with four goals.

The Flames at tacker achieved the feat against the odds as he only managed to play eight matches out of 16 in the just ended season after joining Lights early this year from North Carolina FC where Czech Republic third-tier side MFK Vyskov loaned him for the 2019 season.

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The former Be Forward Wanderers playmaker is in his final year with Vyskov and is hunting for a club.

United Kingdom-based Rainbow Sports representative James Woods-Nkhutabasa said they had opened talks with some clubs in Europe and Asia.

Woods-Nkhutabasa said he was delighted with how Chester carried himself at Lights on and off the pitch.

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“It is pleasing that Chester completed the season as Lights’ top goal-scorer. He performed quite well and the sky remains the limit. This is a player who is capable of doing better. He now deserves to compete at a higher level.

“Rainbow Sports has proved its ability to bring positive outcomes for African football talent. We have seen several of our clients signing professional contracts in the month of October,” Woods Nkhutabasa said.

He said one of the moves involved Senegalese striker Alioune Ndour, who has signed for top flight Portuguese professional side, Belenenses SAD, from the USL.

Woods-Nkhutabasa said Cameroonians Donovan Ewolo and Eric Messi Bouli, who were Chester’s teammates at North Carolina, have signed for Chinese professional side Heilongjiang Lava Spring FC.

“Another Cameroonian, Pascal Ebousssi, has moved to IFK Lulea in Sweden. With some of our top players already in Norway’s top flight league, United States’ Major League Soccer and the Chinese Super League, to name just a few, there is no doubt that more transfers of African talent will materialise in due course. We hope to add Malawian talent to that list,” he said.

Chester said he was looking forward to signing for a new club after completing a season-long loan at Lights.

“I did what I could at Lights and I am waiting to hear from my agent on what happens next. I will be getting updates from my agency as regards what is happening on the ground. It is my wish to make a move,” Chester said.

Soccer analyst George Kaudza-Masina said finding a new club would help Chester’s career.

“Chester needs a club that can sign him for more than two years. Short-term contracts with clubs will end up unsettling him and eventually negatively affecting his career. The agent should work towards finding a club where Chester will play for not less than two seasons.

“I know this is not easy considering the standard of [play in] our league and the ranking of our national team but my wish is that Chester settles down at one club,” Masina said.

Chester has been a regular national team player after winning the Player-of-the- Season award in the 2019 TNM Super League.

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