By Mabvuto Kambuwe:
Malawi national football team attacking midfielder, Yamikani Chester, made his first start for North Carolina FC in a 1-1 draw against Mephis in the United States’ USL championship on Saturday.
Having made his debut three weeks ago as a 77th minute substitute, Chester was included in the starting line-up for the first time since his move.
The club announced on its website that two changes were made to the line-up to give Chester and Manny Perez starting places.
“A few changes in the XI. First USL Championship starts for this season for Perez and Chester,” reads part of the announcement.
The former Wanderers player reportedly had a grand game with his silky skills, keeping spectators on their toes.
Local coach Thom Mkolongo described the development as great news for Chester’s career.
“This shows that the club values him. They must have been impressed with his skills. This is good news for both the player and the Flames. If he continues working hard, he could also attract interest from other big teams in Europe,” Mkolongo said.
Chester moved to North Carolina on a season-long loan from Czech Republic club MFK and was part of the squad which drew 0-0 against Morocco in a dead-rubber Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at Bingu National Stadium last month.
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