The Uzbek, Tokov, is was of PFC’s interesting signings. Uzbek players have been mostly missing from the Indian football scene and to make it more interesting Tokov is one who has never played for a club outside his home country.
Only two other Uzbek’s have plied their trade on the football fields of India. The first was the towering striker Igor Shkvyrin who played for top Indian clubs -- Mohun Bagan 1999-2000 and Churchill Brothers 2000-2001. Later Islam Akhmedov was appointed coach of India's U-20 team.
Tokov was born in Tashkent in Uzbekistan where football is the most popular game. In fact Uzbekistan is one of Asian football’s shining stars and is a cinch for the title of Central Asia’s strongest team.
The Uzbek got hooked to the game at the age of five when his grandfather sat him down in front of the television to watch a match. Not looking back since then, Tokov seriously took up the game when his father enrolled him at the Pakhtakor Football School in Tashkent at the age of 10.
While the love for the game is definitely there in the family considering his twin brother Alexandr, who entered the school at the same time as Tokov, plays as a right mid-field for the Lokomotive Tashkent.
Tokov turned pro in 2000 when he was signed up by Traktor Tashkent. His last club was the Dinamo Samarqand. On his maiden overseas assignment, Tokov hopes that this will be a stepping stone to making a better living as a football pro with a top European club being the final aim.
His favourite pro club is FC Barcelona , a club which he follows religiously. Xavi (Xavier Hernández i Creus) of FC Barcelona is his favourite player.
Apart from football which is the love of his life, Tokov also loves strumming the guitar, the music, he says, soothes him. He also like basketball and enjoying shooting a few hopes when he gets the time.