Footballer Yamikani Chester signs new deal with USA club

Malawi national football team star, Yamikani Chester is set to start a new life with his new team Las Vegas Lights FC in the USL Championship in Nevada, United States.

Chester is not a stranger to the league having played for North Carolina last season on loan.

After the expiry of his one-year agreement, the team did not renew his contract and he opted to join another team.

He has been home for some months waiting for his visa and the new team has announced his arrival through their official social media pages.

“Malawi National Team member, Yamikani Chester is here!!! The “Roadrunner” has arrived in Las Vegas #VivaLights,” reads the post.

The former Be Forward Wanderers winger was signed by MFK Vyškov for three years but loaned out to North Carolina.

On the issue of contract at his former club, Chester’s representative, James Woods-Nkhutabasa told The Daily Times recently: “North Carolina wanted him [to renew the loan deal] but Las Vegas’ offer was better for him in terms of his development and potential advancement to bigger clubs.”

He managed to score six goals for Eastern Conference side North Carolina including one in the cup game. North Carolina finished seventh in their League

Chester is also a regular for the national team and has been earmarked for the Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers as one of the foreign-based players.

Las Vegas Lights joined the USL championship in 2018; finished 15th in their debut season in the Western Conference and improved to a 13th-place finish out of 18 last year.

According to their website and Wikipedia, the USL Championship (USLC), began its inaugural season in 2011 and is the  United States Soccer Federation’s  Division II Professional League since 2017, placing it under Major League Soccer (Division I) in the hierarchy.

The League is divided into the Eastern and Western Conference and the top 10 teams from each compete in the play-offs that determine the national champion.