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PROFILE: Fairleigh Dickinson's Samson Malijani
by Paul Kennedy, October 23rd, 2008 1:15PM

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The hottest striker in NCAA Division I men's soccer is Zambian Samson Malijani, who has scored in eight straight games for Fairleigh Dickinson.

The junior has been a key reason for the Knights' early success. They are 7-3-2 over all and 2-0-1 in the Northeast Conference, where they are tied for third with Monmouth behind St. Francis (N.Y.) and Long Island, which have both played one more game.

Malijani, who has nine goals and three assists in 21 games, also led FDU in scoring as a freshman (18 points) and sophomore (22).

"Sam's an extremely hard worker who demands a great deal of himself," said FDU coach Seth Roland. "He is self-confident and is a unique target up top who is very sharp at playing with his back to opponents. Whereas he has proven to be a pretty good finisher and has shown solid improvement in that area, he continues to focus on being even more clinical with his chances."

Malijani's move to FDU from the Chiparamba Soccer Academy in Lusaka was facilitated by the Grassroots Soccer organization that uses soccer to support children to live HIV-free throughout Africa.

Two Zambians -- O'Neil Kalunga and William Phiri -- also came to the United States to play for the Premier Soccer Academies after participating in a Grassroots Soccer cup.

NEC STANDINGS:
TEAM W-L-T PTS
1. St. Francis (N.Y.) 3-1-0 9
1. Long Island 3-1-0 9
3. Monmouth 2-0-1 7
3. Fairleigh Dickinson 2-0-1 7
5. Mount St. Mary's 2-1-0 6
5. Quinnipiac 2-2-0 6
7. Sacred Heart 1-2-0 3
7. St. Francis (Pa.) 0 1-2-0 3
9. Central Conn. St. 0-3-1 1
9. Robert Morris 0-3-1 1



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