Yamikani Chester scores again


By Mabvuto Kambuwe:

Malawi national football team attacking midfielder Yamikani Chester was on target as his United States of America (USA) side North Carolina FC drew 1-1 with Charlotte Independence FC in a league match at Sahlen’s Stadium on Thursday night.

It was Chester’s third league goal of the season and fourth in all competitions since moving to USA on loan from MFK of the Czech Republic.


According to North Carolina’s website, Chester struck three minutes into the game before Charlotte equalised through Niki Jackson in the 14th minute.

“It was a dream start for NCFC as forward Chester struck early with a third minute goal. Positioned at the back post, the Malawian international finished from just a yard out after forward Donovan Ewolo redirected defender Caleb Duvernay’s cross from the end line. The goal was Chester’s third of the season with all tallies coming in the last four matches he has appeared in,” reads part of the post on the website.

The goal was Carolina’s fastest of the season. Chester has joined Marios Lomis (six goals), Steven Miller (five goals) and Dre Fortune (three goals) on the list of Carolina players with more than two goals this season.


Former Be Forward Wanderers midfielder, Sherry Msuku, said Chester’s exploits in USA were good for Malawi football.

“This is good for Malawi football as more people will begin to get interested in our game. Chester is certainly a great player and can only get better. He should continue working hard so that he markets local football. I am sure scouts will start focusing on Malawian players after his good performance in the USA,” Msuku said.

The draw took Carolina to position three in the league with 31 points from 17 games. They remain unbeaten at home this season with their next fixture being against Alabama on July 13.

Chester moved to USA after impressive performances for Wanderers and the Flames in all competitions last season.

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