CS Sfaxien midfielder, Kingsley Sokari has been picked by football experts as the best foreign player in the Tunisian Ligue 1 following his superb performance in a top derby against Esperance Sportive last Sunday, Completesportsnigeria.com reports.
The former Enyimba star, 21, has been having a blissful run in his first full season at CS Sfaxien, whom he joined in December 2015, and further confirmed his pedigree with a Man of The Match showing when Tunis giants Esperance came calling at the Stade Taieb Mhiri in Sfax.
Though Sfaxien could not win the all important home game as it ended in a goalless draw, it was the performance of Sokari in midfield that was the highpoint of the encounter as he covered every shade of the pitch with his crisp passes, also catching the eye with his long range shooting.
And it was not a surprise that popular Tunisian Satellite TV station, Canal 9, dedicated most of its Ligue 1 review programme on Monday to discussing the impressive performance of the onetime ECO FC of Lagos starlet. A team analysts on the show unanimously picked Sokari as the best foreign player in Tunisia this season.
All the fans that called into the show concurred that Sokari has been the best foreigner in the league this season and further confirmed it against Esperance.
There were 62 foreign footballers in the Tunisian top flight at the start of the season and notable among them are Brazilian attacker Diogo Acosta, who has scored four goals for champions Etoile du Sahel, 32 year-old Algerian Hameur Bouazza (Etoile du Sahel), Ivorian midfielder Fousseny Coulibaly of Esperance, Zimbabwean international, Matthew Rusike of Club Africain, who has notched three goals and Ghanaian attacker Izaka Aboudou of Hammam Lif, among others.
The other notable Nigerians in Tunisia are former youth internationals; Godspower Aniefiok (Etoile du Sahel) and Bernard Bulbwa of Esperance, but they have hardly featured for their teams.
Former Nigeria U-20 and U-23 midfield maestro, Sokari, had also received accolades few weeks back after another inspiring performance as Sfaxien beat former African champions, Etoile du Sahel 3-2.
Already, there are talks of the player, who won his first full Super Eagles cap against Cote d’Ivoire in 2015, leaving cash strapped Sfaxien for greener pastures in the summer transfer window.
Sokari is set for another duel when Sfaxien battle Rail Club du Kadiogo in Burkina Faso on Sunday in the CAF Confederations Cup, a competition in which they are the most successful with three titles.