Tunisia`s bid to have Toulouse midfielder Nabil Taider available at the World Cup finals has been turned down by FIFA, the Tunisian Football Federation said.
Tunisia had applied for a change of footballing nationality for the French-born striker, who won caps at junior level for the country of his birth but also qualifies for Tunisian citizenship through his parents.
Tunisia`s application to FIFA has been ruled ineligible because Taider had already turned 21, the TFF said. The 22-year-old Taider is in his third season of French Ligue 1 football with Toulouse.
Tunisia are drawn against Saudi Arabia, Spain and Ukraine at the World Cup finals in Germany in June.