Malawi national football team attacker Yamikani Chester is finally finding his feet in the United States League (USL) championship where his sterling performance for Las Vegas Lights in a 3-1 win over Tacoma Defiance earned him the Man-of-the- Match accolade yesterday.
Chester was drafted into Lights’ first eleven for the first time since joining the club in February from another USL side, North Carolina.
To cap his five-star performance, the former Be Forward Wanderers midfielder provided an assist for one of the goals.
This was Chester’s second appearance at Lights after missing the first game of the season due to an injury.
The victory was the first for Lights this season after three losses and one drawn match.
Junior Burgos, Rashawn Dally and Junior Sandoval scored for Lights while Gonzalez found the net for Defiance.
Chester said he was delighted to have made his first start for Lights.
“My team’s poor start to the season was quite worrying but we seem to be on the right path now. We need to continue working hard. Winning this match was not easy all. I am particularly delighted with this result because I have contributed to it.
“This was only my second match out of the five that the team has played. The coach gave me a chance to prove myself and I have done what I could. It feels great to be named Man-of-the Match. This is a morale booster to my career. I am now focusing on our next match,” Chester said.
Chester’s representative, James Woods-Nkhutabasa, said he was pleased with the player’s outstanding performance during the match.
“Chester will be a reliable player at Lights if he continues to work hard,” Nkhutabasa said.
The win took Lights to fifth position on the Group B log table with 4 points.
The 35-team league was divided into groups due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Phoenix Rising lead the group with 19 points from 8 matches.
Lights’ next assignment is against the leaders on Sunday.