Tunisian defender Jasser Khmiri has become the first player from the North African country to feature in the Major League Soccer after he signed for Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
The 21-year-old moved to the U.S. from Stade Tunisien, signing a three-year deal with an option to extend for another year.
“Jasser is a player who caught our eye thanks to his strong performances with the Tunisian U-21 national team,” BBC quotes Whitecaps FC head coach Marc Dos Santos.
“He’s 6-foot-4, he has very good speed, and he’s comfortable with the ball, which are all qualities we are looking for in a centre back,” he added.
Othman Kettani, the intermediary agent in Jasser’s transfer said the transfer would open new opportunities for North African players.