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Yamikani Chester makes Lights debut

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Yamikani Chester

Malawi national football team attacking midfielder, Yamikani Chester, made his Las Vegas Lights FC debut when he was introduced with three minutes before full time during a 2-1 away loss to San Diego Loyal SC in a United States League (USL) Championship match on Saturday.

Chester joined Lights from North Carolina in February this year after being loaned out by Czech Republic side MFK Vsykov.

The former Be Forward Wanderers playmaker said it was disappointing to start a new lease of life at Lights with a loss.

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“We had a good game and those who were given a chance to start did everything possible to come up with a positive result. Unfortunately, things did not work out,” Chester said.

The spiky-haired star said he was not worried with starting from the bench, saying he still had time to prove himself.

“I am a professional and I appreciate that every coach has his own philosophy. I will not relax but continue working hard to prove that I am worth the salt. I know that getting a place in the starting lineup will come out of hard work.

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“Starting on the bench and playing just three minutes of my first match does not worry me. I appreciate that the coach had his own plan for the match. I will continue training hard so that I make the first eleven one day. My aim is to break through into the starting lineup and remain there. Let us wait and see what happens in the next match,” Chester said.

Lights’ next match is against Reno 1868 FC on Saturday.

The 2020 USL Championship season commenced on July 11 after it was suspended in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

MFK signed Chester last year after his sterling performance for Wanderers and the Flames.

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