Yamikani Chester underlining class at Lights

ON TARGET – Yamikani Chester

Malawi national football team attacker Yamikani Chester scored his second goal for Las Vegas Lights but it was not enough to prevent his team from suffering defeat Monday.

Chester was on target early in the first half when Lights lost to LA Galaxy II 4-3 in a United States League (USL) Championship match.

The Malawian international cancelled out Mauricio Cuevas fifth minute goal.


The former Be Forward Wanderers midfielder was given a chance to start the game after impressive performance in two previous games when he featured from the bench.

LA Galaxy II scored the second goal through Augustin Williams in the 53rd minute while Ivan Gutierrez added the third in the 62nd minute before John Fenwick pulled one back for Lights in the 73rd minute.

Jorge Hernandez scored the fourth goal for LA Galaxy II while Blake Frischknecht narrowed Lights deficit.


This was Lights’ fourth defeat this season after winning and drawing two games each from eight matches.

Chester said he was filled with mixed emotions having scored but lost the match.

“We are not doing well as a team because we are losing a lot. I tried my best during the match but I was substituted in the second half. I will keep on fighting because all what I want is to prove that I am capable of playing here,” he said.

Chester did not feature for the side when Lights defeated Orange County 3-1 last Wednesday. This was after he scored in the teams’ 3-all draw with Phoenix Rising.

Lights next match is on Thursday when facing San Diego Loyal.

Currently Lights are stuck at the bottom of group B in USL Championship with eight points. Phoenix Rising are leading the pool with 20 points from 10 matches whereas LA Galaxy II lie second with 15 points from eight matches.

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