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Football: Ref suspended, B. Faso appeal Pitroipa red card

Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi has been suspended for his controversial handling of the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final between Ghana and Burkina Faso, the organisers said Thursday. "We would have expected a better standard," Confederation of African Football (CAF) secretary-general Hicham El Amrani told a media conference just hours after Burkina Faso lodged an official appeal against key player Jonathan Pitroipa's red card in the semi-final win over Ghana on Wednesday. "There is a meeting tomorrow (Friday) to discuss the Pitroipa incident," El Amrani told reporters.

Soccer-Referee banned after controversial Nations Cup semi-final

By Mark Gleeson JOHANNESBURG, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi has been banned by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) after his controversial performance in Wednesday's African Nations Cup semi-final between Burkina Faso and Ghana. "CAF was not happy with the standard of refereeing in the match," general secretary Hicham El Amrani told a media briefing on Thursday.

Football: Burkina Faso dancing to Bance's tune

Aristide Bance emerges from his hotel room, it's the morning after the night before, the semi-final win over Ghana in which he and his blond spaghetti-mop hair played a starring role. The Augsburg attacker left an indelible mark on the game, an ever-present threat to the Ghanaian defence he grabbed the equaliser that sent the tie into extra time and then produced an outlandish penalty in the shoot-out.

Football: Burkina Faso appeal Pitroipa's red card

Burkina Faso have lodged an official appeal against key player Jonathan Pitroipa's red card in the semi-final win over Ghana, the team manager told AFP on Thursday. As it stands, Pitroipa will miss Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final against Nigeria in Soweto after picking up two yellow cards in the stunning penalty shoot-out success over the Black Stars. Pitroipa, who has scored twice in the tournament, was sent off three minutes from the end of extra time on Wednesday for diving when, in fact, he had clearly been knocked to the ground after tangling with an opponent.

Football: B. Faso, Nigeria in final as Ghana pay the penalty

Nigeria play Burkina Faso Sunday in a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations final that was unthinkable when the tournament kicked off in mid-January. The Nigerian Super Eagles did not even qualify for the 2012 championship in Gabon/Equatorial Guinea and few outside the vast west African state gave them a chance of getting beyond the last eight this time. But if the presence of Nigeria at the 90,000-seat Soccer City stadium in Soweto will be a shock -- the appearance of the Burkinabe Stallions is nothing less than sensational.

UPDATE 2-Soccer-Burkina Faso win final place but key player red-carded

By Mark Gleeson NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso won a first African Nations Cup final place on Wednesday after a sensational penalty shootout win over Ghana but will take the field on Sunday without key player Jonathan Pitroipa who was shown a controversial red card. Burkina, who will meet Nigeria at Soccer City, edged their neighbours 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw at the end of extra time in the semi-final at the Mbombela Stadium to continue the dream run by a team who started as rank outsiders.

Football: Africa Cup semi-final - B.Faso 1 Ghana 1 (3-2 pen)

Full result of an Africa Cup of Nations semi-final at Mbombela Stadium Wednesday: Burkina Faso 1 (Bance 60) Ghana 1 (Wakaso 13-pen) after extra time. Score after 90 minutes: 1-1 Burkina Faso win 3-2 on penalties Shootout: Vorsah missed 0-0, B. Kone scored 1-0, Atsu scored 1-1, Traore scored 1-2, Afful scored 2-2, Koulibaly saved 2-2, Clottey missed 2-2, Bance scored 2-3, Badu missed 2-3 Teams Ghana: Dauda, Paintsil (Asante 10), Afful, Boye, Vorsah, Mohammed (Boateng 47), Badu, Atsu, Wakaso (Clottey 104), Asamoah, Gyan (capt) Coach: Kwesi Appiah

Football: B. Faso defy odds, referee to beat Ghana

Rank outsiders Burkina Faso will face Nigeria in the Africa Cup of Nations final after a 3-2 penalty shootout win over Ghana on Wednesday. Ghana's Udinese midfielder Emmanuel Agyeman Badu had his effort saved by Daouda Diakite after earlier misses by teammates Isaac Vorsah and Emmanuel Clottey. Bakary Kone, Henri Traore and Aristide Bance converted their chances to continue the fairy-tale run of a team that had turned up in South Africa with the modest ambition of ending a 17-match winless Nations Cup run.

Football: Africa Cup semi-final - B.Faso 1 Ghana 1 (3-2 pen)

Result of a 2013 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final at Mbombela Stadium Wednesday: Ghana 1 (Wakaso 13-pen) Burkina Faso 1 (Bance 60) after extra time. Score after 90 minutes: 1-1 Burkina Faso win 3-2 on penalties afp

Soccer-Burkina Faso reach final with shootout win over Ghana

NELSPRUIT, South Africa, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso reached the African Nations Cup final for the first time with a dramatic 3-2 penalty shoutout win over Ghana on Wednesday after their semi-final ended 1-1 following extra time. They clinched the victory after Emmanuel Agyemang Badu missed Ghana's third penalty after a weak shimmy and shot. The Burkinabe will be without the influential Jonathan Pitroipa in Sunday's final against Nigeria after he was sent off three minutes from the end of extra time for a second yellow card.
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