After he was suspended for his unsatisfactory performance, Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi has admitted in his match report that he made a mistake by giving Burkina Faso’s Jonathan Pitroipa his marching orders in a semifinal clash against Ghana on Wednesday night.
Jdidi’s report has given the African federation (Caf) a power to overturn the decision taken by the referee. Pitriopa will be available for the 2013 Afcon final against Nigeria on Sunday after his second yellow card was rescinded by Caf.
“There is an overwhelming pressure to get Pitroipa back for the sake of our credibility,” a Caf official told Goal.com, but wishes to remain anonymous.
Caf officials revealed that they did not want Pitroipa’s saga to spoil the tournament that has so far been successful.
“We get the need to have a competitive final free of allegations. We need the Afcon to be without blemish,” Caf continued.
Burkina Faso, reaching their first ever Afcon final, will play against high-flying Super Eagles of Nigeria at the National Stadium on Sunday. The winners of the Afcon final will walk away with a trophy and prizemoney confirmed to be US $1.5 million.
Caf president Issa Hayatou earlier defended the Afcon prizemoney, which many fans believe doesn’t match the prestige of the tournament.