Yamikani Chester’s USL Championship returns July 11


Malawi national football team attacker, Yamikani Chester, is set to get back to business at his United State League (USL) Championship side Las Vegas FC on July 11.

This follows a statement released on Thursday last week by USL Championship Board of Governors that voted in favour of returning to play for the 2020 season with a provisional start date set of July 11.

Sporting activities across the globe have been affected due to the Covid-19 pandemic which continues to wreak havoc.


The statement further stated that the USL Championship Board of Governors was in talks with the USL Players Association on all matters concerning players’ health.

“While additional information on competition format, scheduling, broadcast and other important details will be made available in the coming weeks, it’s important to note that the league’s return to play will be conducted in strict alignment with all local and state public health guidelines,” the statement reads.

The Championship thanked supporters across the country for their support throughout the process, saying the league is looking forward to returning to action with their support.


Chester, who signed for Las Vegas from North Carolina FC early this year, said he was relieved to hear that the USL Championship returns next month.

The former Be Forward Wanderers playmaker said he was ready to help his new club in winning matches.

“I can assure you that all is well here. I am only waiting to start playing football. We have just been told this week that we will be returning to the pitch next month. What is even more pleasing is that there is another player from Burundi who has just joined us. I now have someone to talk to and share ideas with,” Chester said.

Flames Coach Meck Mwase said it was good that Chester would return to action and challenged him to win the Golden Boot award.

Mwase said he believes that joining Las Vegas would help Chester to mature in his game as he will be trained by experienced coaches.

“Chester is one of our reliable players and we are hopeful that he will deliver for his new team. We expect him to continue working hard so that he makes the first eleven. As he plays his game in the United States [US], Chester must know that he has the task of helping his country in the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which may resume soon,” Mwase said.

Chester signed a three-year deal with Czech Republic side MFK in January last year but was later loaned out to US Eastern Conference side North Carolina.

Chester helped North Carolina to finish 7th with 56 points from 34 matches.

He has the daunting task of helping Las Vegas improve from their 13th finish with 41 points from 34 matches last season.

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