Lions Sign Chimalilo After Impressive Trial Spell

We are delighted to announce the signing of Donald Chimalilo who has impressed in our last three pre-season friendlies as a trialist.

Impressing with his all round performance and by scoring two goals in three pre-season friendlies Donald Chimalilo was offered a contract by the Guiseley AFC management team, writes Rachel O’Connor.

Danny Ellis and Danny Forrest were delighted with the 22 year-old Zambian’s form and quickly signed him up after he hit the winner in Guiseley’s 1-0 victory over National League North side York City at Nethermoor.

‘DC’, as he likes to be known, with little experience behind him made his mark in a fine Guiseley display against The Minstermen.

He played for Tadcaster Albion last season but didn’t look out of place in higher company producing some explosive runs and some Jack in a Box traits in the penalty area.

He took his header in fine style and looks as if he will be a good asset for The Lions. It was a sweet goal for the man who lives in York.

Chimalilo came up through the York-based i2i Football Academy and was signed by Scarborough Athletic but injuries and Covid saw him fail to make an appearance for The Seadogs.

Of his trial at Guiseley he said: “I set out to make an impact by coming in and trying to do my best. I knew Guiseley coach Martin Foster from my time at Tadcaster and he recommended me to Guiseley.

“He told me that I would enjoy it at Guiseley and after only a few games I know that I will. I was immediately made welcome by everyone at the club, the players, the staff, the fans and everyone who works for the club.

He added: “I have loved it since I came to Guiseley, it is a good environment to be in, the best place to enjoy your football.”

The player said that he did not really come from a footballing family as his father was a rugby international for Zambia.

“He does like football though, especially if I am playing. I think I must get my love of football from my grandad who used to coach football in Zambia. At one time he came over to England to do some coaching at Manchester United,” said Chimalilo.

He added: “My parents are buzzing about me getting settled and signing for a team. Outside of football I really want to do something in property like working for an estate agent.”

Summing up his role on the pitch he said: “I have played in many positions but feel I am best as an attacker. I am looking forward to getting up and running with Guiseley.

“The squad looks strong so hopefully we will be trying to push for promotion. I have been impressed by the players they have, there are some real solid players and the intent is there. This does not seem like a club that was relegated, there is a real good vibe about it.”

Donald’s home, away and training kits are all available to sponsor.

Join Donald at Nethermoor for the 2022/23 campaign with a season ticket, available to order online now here.

Next Up:

3:00 pm
Pre-Season Friendly

Guiseley vs Huddersfield Town