Flames attacker Yamikani Chester continues to hog the limelight in the US and on Wednesday he claimed his first brace for North Carolina FC (NCFC).
He was on song when North Carolina beat Loudon United 3-0 to move within three places from the top of the USL Championship Eastern Conference at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
According to a statement from North Carolina FC, the win has taken North Carolina to 34 points, having won nine matches, lost three and drawn seven.
They are tied on points with third-placed Indy Eleven, who, however, have a better goal difference.
Chester said he was happy to have notched his first brace.
“I am excited and it is a major boost for me and my club,” he said.
It was the fifth home win for North Carolina, who are unbeaten at home where they have drawn four times.
Forward Robert Kristo scored in the first half to give North Carolina NCFC the lead at half-time, and a second-half brace by forward Chester sealed the victory for the home side.
Chester has now taken his tally to five goals.
The player’s representative, James Woods-Nkhutabasa, in a separate interview, said he is hopeful that big things await Chester if he continues to work hard, stay motivated, humble and disciplined like he has shown so far.
He said: “He knows the fans are the 12th player. He appreciates them and they appreciate him. He is one of the fans’ favourites and they even chant his name during matches. We just want him to enjoy his football. The rest time will tell.”
According to the club’s website, Chester is the first NCFC player this season to score two goals in the same half. He also has the second-most goals (5) alongside striker Steven Miller and he is the second NCFC player to manage a brace this season.