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Yamikani Chester strikes gold in Mozambique

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Flames attacking midfielder Yamikani Chester has signed a multi-million kwacha one-year deal with Mozambican side Costa do Sol.

The versatile winger, who was also on the radar of another Mozambican club Ferraviario de Nampula, has an option to extend the deal by another year.

Details indicate that Costa have offered him $15, 000 (about K15 million) as signing-on-fee per season plus a good salary and free accommodation.

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However, his manager Gift Mkandawire kept a tight lid on the signing-on-fee.

“It is a done deal and we are happy that he impressed the club within three days. He has been offered a lucrative deal,” Mkandawire said.

Chester joins the Mozambican club as a free agent after the expiry of his contract with Mighty Mukuru Wanderers.

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The player agreed to extend his contract with Wanderers for another three years but did not sign the agreement.

Initially, Chester was included in the 25-member squad for Wanderers for the 2023 season.

In an interview from his Maputo base Friday, Chester said he was excited.

“I am very excited because it was not easy for me to impress the technical panel. It is time to face new challenge,’’ the Flames attacker said.

On his part, Wanderers Chairperson of Commercialisation Clement Stambuli said it was a good move for the player.

“As a club, we wish him all the best in his career,” Stambuli said.

The former Mighty Wakawaka Tigers midfielder becomes the third Malawian player to join Sol this year after midfielder Chikoti Chirwa and striker Richard Mbulu.

Chirwa and Mbulu signed one-year deals each while Flames captain John Banda also signed contract extension with Mozambican champions UD Songo. Chester re-joined Wanderers after parting ways with Czech third tier side MFK Vyskov. He was loaned to USA side North Carolina.

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