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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 12:35 GMT 13:35 UK
Maulid return excites Tanzania
By Emmanuel Muga
BBC Sport, Dar es Salaam

I am going to work hard with my colleagues to ensure we qualify for the Nations Cup
Said Maulid

Midfielder Said Maulid is set to return for Tanzania - four years since he was thrown out of the Taifa Stars due to citizenship problems.

Maulid had lost his right to play for the Taifa Stars in 2002, when the country's immigration department declared that he was a DR Congo national.

But the on-form Maulid is returning to the team after winning a court battle to restore his Tanzanian nationality.

The 26-year-old playmaker is a leading scorer in the Tanzanian championship which started a month ago and coaches say his midfield skills could help the Taifa Stars qualify for the 2008 Nations Cup finals.

"Maulid is a great player and I wish he maintains his form," said Yanga's Malawian coach Jack Chamangwana.

But Maulid came close to having a unique change of career when he was stripped of his Tanzanian nationality.

He was prepared to become a fisherman until well-wishers advised him to fight the immigration authorities in the courts.

"My grandfather, who is a fisherman in Kigoma, called me to join him, in order to give me something to do.

"I was a fisherman before I started playing football, which is why I thought I could go back to it.

"But now my problems are over, I am happy to have regained my form.

"I am going to work hard with my colleagues to ensure we qualify for the Nations Cup."

Tanzania, who have not featured at the African Cup of Nations finals since 1980, will play their 2008 qualifiers against Senegal, Burkina Faso and Mozambique.


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