Yamikani Chester nets first goal for US club


By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Malawi national football team attacking midfielder, Yamikani Chester, registered his name on the score-sheet as his United States (US) club, North Carolina, defeated Richmond Kickers 4-1 in the second round of the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup on Wednesday night.

This is Chester’s first goal for the club which he joined on loan from MFK of Czech Republic before the start of the season.


According to a report on North Carolina’s website, Chester was introduced as a substitute and found the back of the net just minutes after coming on.

“In the 70th minute, and just minutes after coming into the game, Chester extended the lead and scored his first career goal for NCFC. Manny Perez started the play by getting free on the right side. His pin-point cross floated across the six-yard box before Chester ran on the end of the pass and blasted the shot into the far corner,” reads the report.

Robert Kristo hammered a brace for Carolina, with the other goal coming from Dre Fortune.


After the game, Carolina Coach, Dave Sarachan, told the club’s website that he was pleased with the victory.

“I had some words with the boys at half time and we made some adjustments. I thought our second-half was much better than the first. We made it hard for them. Robert Kristo getting a couple of goals for us was important. We took care of business.

“In the Open Cup, you have to be ready for anything. I think Richmond is a good team and they made us make some decisions today. It was a good test for us and I was pleased with guys that got 90 minutes that have not gotten 90 minutes before,” he is quoted as saying.

Former Flames defender Clement Kafwafwa, who played in Denmark, praised Chester for the goal.

“His exploits can open up opportunities for Malawian players because people will realise that Malawi has talent. My advice to him is that he should not become home-sick. He should also associate with people there so that he learns their culture. This is important if he were to make further progress,” Kafwafwa said.

Chester moved to the US after impressing at Wanderers in all competitions and was named last season’s TNM Super League Player of the Season.

Chester also helped Wanderers to win the Fisd Challenge Cup after beating Silver Strikers 3-2 at Bingu National Stadium.

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