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Yamikani Chester set for Las Vegas Lights FC debut

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Malawi national football team attacker Yamikani Chester has expressed readiness to shine for his new United States League (USL) championship side, Las Vegas Lights FC, in an away match against San Diego Loyal SC Saturday.

The 2020 USL Championship season resumed on July 11 after suspension in March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

After Saturday’s match, Chester will have another chance to prove his worth when his team takes on Reno 1868 FC on August 1.

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The former Be Forward Wanderers playmaker said he has been training hard to earn a place in the starting lineup.

“We are going into the match with a new coach and everyone is working hard to impress him. Competition among players is very stiff but I have done my best to win a place in the first eleven.

“I know why I am here. I have a whole career to take care of and I know what it takes to succeed. As a team, we are all motivated ahead of the restart and everybody is set for the match,” Chester said.

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The Flames right-footed star said he was excited to return to action after over three months of inactivity.

“The most important thing for me is to be given game time here. I am always ready to help my club; so once given a chance on Saturday, I will show the coach what I am made up of,” he said.

The 35-team league had just played its season openers when play was suspended.

Chester is in the United States after being loaned out to North Carolina by Czech Republic side MFK Vsykov last season.

While at Carolina, the Malawian scored five goals in 970 minutes of action before moving to Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, Lights have arranged for a unique opportunity for its fans to still ‘attend’ matches.

“Specifically, as a result of the current State of Nevada restrictions on fans attending sporting events, Lights FC has created a way for fans to submit pictures of themselves that will be converted into over-sized ‘cardboard fan cutouts’ that will be placed throughout the Cashman Field seating bowl all season long,” a press release on the club’s website reads.

Lights owner and Chief Executive Officer, Brett Lashbrook, said they were making the best out of a bad situation.

“We fully understand the Governor’s reasons for not allowing fans currently. But this provides a fun solution for us to still find ways to include our fans this season.

“Obviously, this season was not what we originally planned, but we are going to do our best to make the best of a bad situation. We have the best fans in American soccer and we’re gonna prove it yet again,” Lashbrook said.

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