CAF allows Pitroipa to play in Africa Cup of Nations final

CAF has overturned the Burkina Faso player's sending off after semifinal referee Slim Jdidi admitted his mistake, and he will be available for the final against Nigeria.
Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa will play in the Africa Cup of Nations final after his ban for receiving two yellow cards was rescinded on Friday.

Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi was suspended after admitting in his match report that he made a mistake in sending Pitroipa off in the Burkina Faso-Ghana clash on Wednesday. Jdidi’s report has given The Confederation of African Football the power to overturn the decision taken by the referee, which means Pitroipa will be available for the final against Nigeria on Sunday.
"There is an overwhelming pressure to get Pitroipa back for the sake of our credibility," a CAF official told "We get the need to have a competitive final free of allegations. We need the AFCON to be without blemish."
Burkina Faso, which reached its first-ever AFCON final, will play against high-flying Nigeria at the National Stadium. The winner will walk away with a trophy and prize money confirmed to be 1.1 million euros.

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