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Yamikani Chester leaves for US

By Ronald Mpaso:

Malawi national football team and Be Forward Wanderers winger Yamikani Chester’s dream of pursuing a football career outside the country is set to take shape after he left for the United States (US) Tuesday.

Chester signed a three-year deal with Czech Republic club MFK which has loaned him out to US side North Carolina FC.

Speaking on departure at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in Lilongwe, Chester said he was excited with the prospect of becoming the first Malawian footballer to play for a US club.

Chester said he was relieved that the trip had finally materialised after a period of uncertainty.

“I was a bit anxious when my departure dates were not clear. But I kept believing that things would still work out,” he said.

The 2018 Footballer of the Year said, as a new player, he does not expect to get a place in the starting eleven at the American team on a silver platter.

“I know that it will not be easy. I do not need to be told that earning a place in the starting lineup is all about hardwork and commitment. This is a chance I do not want to lose,” he said.

Chester said he would fight to impress at North Carolina so that more opportunities open up for him in bigger leagues of the world.

The slippery attacker also said he would miss his Wanderers teammates as well as supporters who helped him settle down after joining from Tigers.

Wanderers General Secretary, Mike Butao, said the club wishes Chester well as he embarks on another chapter in his career.

“Chester has the quality and we believe he will make it in the US. He has been one of our best players and we will surely miss him. But we have a strong squad and life will surely go on,” Butao said.

Chester is the third key player to leave Wanderers after Joseph Kamwendo and Precious Sambani.

But the Nomads recently signed Masters Security’s Nigerian bustling forward Babatunde Adepoju in a move meant to beef up the squad ahead of the new season.

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