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Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 13:00 GMT 14:00 UK
Taider opts for Tunisia
Amr Shaheen
BBC Sport

Nabil Taider
Taider has chosen to be a Carthage Eagle
Midfielder Nabil Taider has opted to play international football for Tunisia rather than France, his country of birth.

The Tunisian Football Federation confirmed on Wednesday that Taider has agreed to play for the reigning African champions despite having the option to represent France.

Taider, whose parents hail from Tunisia, was born in France and played three times for the French under-21 side.

But the 21-year-old has decided to take advantage of Fifa's rules on international eligibility and play for his country of origin.

Fifa's rules on international eligibility allow a footballer capped at junior level by one country to represent another as long as he possesses dual nationality.

Taider joined French club Toulouse in 1998 and has featured in 28 matches for them in Ligue 1 this season, scoring two goals.

He becomes the latest addition to a Carthage Eagles squad brimming with Europe-born talent.

Last month, the French-born duo of Chaouki Ben Saada and Hamed Namouchi made their debuts for Tunisia in a World Cup qualifier against Malawi.

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