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Yamikani Chester makes Carolina debut

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By Ronald Mpaso:

Malawi national football team winger Yamikani Chester’s professional football career finally took off on Saturday when he featured for his United States side North Carolina FC in a closed door friendly.

Chester was introduced into Carolina’s match against UNC Wilmington in the second-half and played for 30 minutes.

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According to Carolina’s website, the main objective of the game was to help coaches evaluate trialists during the early part of pre-season.

Carolina won the game 3-0 and their next fixture is today against Duke at Duke University Training Field.

In a message posted on his Twitter page, Chester expressed joy with his maiden appearance for his club.

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“It was an honour to get my first opportunity of game time for North Carolina FC. I played for 30 minutes in the second half and we won 3-0,” part of the message reads.

The team’s pre-season schedule continues on Saturday with a match against UNC Chapel Hill, to be followed by an encounter with Charlotte Independence on February 23.

The team’s last pre-season match is on March 2 against Charleston Battery.

Chester was bought from Be Forward Wanderers by Czech club MFK, who loaned him out to Carolina.

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