By Ronald Mpaso:
Malawi national football team winger Yamikani Chester’s professional football career finally took off on Saturday when he featured for his United States side North Carolina FC in a closed door friendly.
Chester was introduced into Carolina’s match against UNC Wilmington in the second-half and played for 30 minutes.
According to Carolina’s website, the main objective of the game was to help coaches evaluate trialists during the early part of pre-season.
Carolina won the game 3-0 and their next fixture is today against Duke at Duke University Training Field.
In a message posted on his Twitter page, Chester expressed joy with his maiden appearance for his club.
“It was an honour to get my first opportunity of game time for North Carolina FC. I played for 30 minutes in the second half and we won 3-0,” part of the message reads.
The team’s pre-season schedule continues on Saturday with a match against UNC Chapel Hill, to be followed by an encounter with Charlotte Independence on February 23.
The team’s last pre-season match is on March 2 against Charleston Battery.
Chester was bought from Be Forward Wanderers by Czech club MFK, who loaned him out to Carolina.