Monday May 30, 2016. 15:16
Kingsley Sokari will be available for CS Sfaxien’s next game against initial fears he could be out for as many as six months with an ankle injury after a horrendous tackle in a Tunisian league match at the weekend.
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“Everybody including myself believed that after the injury I will be out for at least six months,” Sokari told AfricanFootball.com from his base in Tunisia on Monday.
“I was therefore very surprised that after I applied some ice blocks, I felt better. The doctor has called me and I have assured him I am okay and by Wednesday when we resume training, I will be there.
“It was a miracle.”
It was equally a great birthday gift for the midfielder, who is 21 today.
The youth international has proved to be a big hit at the Sfax club after his celebrated move from Enyimba in December.
But it first looked that his great run will be cut short when he was stretchered off in his team’s 3-2 win at Club Africain in Sunday no thanks to a vicious tackle.
The midfielder, who has scored two goals in 14 appearances as Sfaxien chase for the Ligue 1 title, was left rolling on the pitch after a Club Africain player stamped on his right ankle in a late challenge.
The tackle left the Nigeria star in anguish for over three minutes as the gme was held up for the medics to attend to him before he was carried out of the pitch.
Sokari’s club had taken a 2-0 lead before the incident and were a man short after one of their players was shown a red card.
In his absence, they survived a late scare to win 3-2 on the road and stay in the hunt for the championship.
They are second on the table, two points behind leaders Etoile du Sahel.