Sokari: The Nigerian League is a difficult league

With Nigerian League experience you can cope anywhere else


Sokari CS Sfaxien Colors

Any player who has had Nigeria Professional Football League experience should not find it difficult coping with playing anywhere else in the world.

Former Enyimba midfielder Kingsley Sokari is of the opinion that the Nigerian league is a very tough and demanding league.

Sokari who currently plays for CS Sfaxien in Tunisia thinks the rigours of the game in his home country makes it easier for a player to adapt anywhere else.

The young midfielder moved from Enyimba to Tunis based Sfaxien in 2015 and he says it was not that difficult for him settling in.

“Any player that played the Nigerian league can play anywhere else in the world because the Nigerian league is a difficult league” Sokari tells the host of popular Nigerian football show Naija Made.

“So when you get to a place like this (Tunisia), I think you adapt very fast because of the way the Nigerian league is. It’s easy for us.”

Sokari in CS Sfaxien Colors

CS Sfaxien are in the CAF Confederations Cup Quarterfinal stage with Sokari playing every game for far and also with a goal to his credit.

The former Enyimba man speaks on the poor performance of Nigerian sides on the continent and puts it down to fixture congestion and poor scheduling in the NPFL.

‘It’s not easy for them. Traveling on the road is very difficult.

“For a player to play midweek, Sunday, Wednesday and Sunday and play CAF is difficult.

“That’s one major problem of their game. I understand because I have been there so I know about it.”

This he says is in sharp contrast to the Ligue 1 in Tunisia where they don’t travel long distances and continental fixtures are figured into match scheduling.

CS Sfaxien are fresh from Saudi Arabia where they went for pre season friendlies and Sokari says it was a ‘hot’ experience.

“It’s was difficult because the country is very hot more so than Nigeria.

“It was difficult but we won two game and lost one so it was a good pre season for us.”

Kingsley Sokari made his NPFL debut for top Nigerian side Enyimba in the 2013/14 season.

He was named the NPFL young player of the year in his debut season and went on to win the league with the People’s Elephant in 2015.

In 2015 he became only the second player to feature for the Nigeria U-20, U23 and Senior National sides in the same year, a feat achieved by Ahmed Musa in 2013.

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