It is not uncommon for players African nations to dream of playing in France, a country that many countries from the continent have close cultural links with. Yassine Mikari will soon realise his ambition to play in Ligue 1 having signed with strugglers FC Sochaux-Montbéliard.
Making the short hop across the border from Grasshopper Zurich should prove no problem for the man who played for the Swiss under-21 side but switched allegiance when he became a senior international to play for the country of his ancestors, Tunisia.
“It is a dream for me to play in France and test myself in Ligue 1,” he explained to France Football. “FC Sochaux-Montbéliard are a recognised club in Switzerland.
“I have spoken to [Brazilian-born Sochaux striker, Francileudo] Santos, who I know from the national team. He told me that Sochaux is a good club and I felt that the proposal that they offered me was the best choice.”
It could be the end of January before the left-back has the chance to play in the French top flight as he currently has a problem with his right thigh, which could take another fortnight to heal.
No doubt the new recruit will watch his new team-mates intently from the tribunes of the Stade Bonal this evening as they attempt to improve their uncertain position in the league against an improving Saint-Étienne side.
Robin Bairner, Goal.com