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UPDATE 1-Soccer-Burkina Faso 0 Nigeria 1 - African Nations Cup final result

(Adds teams) JOHANNESBURG, Feb 10 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso 0 Nigeria 1 - African Nations Cup final result At Soccer City Scorer: Sunday Mba 40 Halftime: 0-1; Attendance: 76,000 Teams:

Football: Keshi backs move to rescind Pitroipa's red card

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has warmly welcomed the decision to rescind the red card picked up by Burkina Faso's key attacking midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa. CAF's decision allows the Rennes star to compete in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final against Keshi's Super Eagles at Soccer City stadium. "I applaud the decision taken by CAF in rescinding Jonathan's red card," Keshi told the traditional pre-final press conferennce here on Saturday. "If you look at the video, it's very obvious this guy didn't deserve a red card.

Football: Keshi backs move to rescind Pitroipa's red card

Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi has warmly welcomed the decision to rescind the red card picked up by Burkina Faso's key attacking midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa. CAF's decision allows the Rennes star to compete in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final against Keshi's Super Eagles at Soccer City stadium. "I applaud the decision taken by CAF in rescinding Jonathan's red card," Keshi told the traditional pre-final press conferennce here on Saturday. "If you look at the video, it's very obvious this guy didn't deserve a red card.

Football: Pitroipa delighted by Africa Cup final go-ahead

Burkina Faso star Jonathan Pitroipa was cleared Friday to play in the Africa Cup of Nations final against Nigeria after a referee who sent him off admitted the decision was incorrect. "The red card is withdrawn," CAF secretary general Hicham El Amrani told journalists after the disciplinary commission's decision. Pitroipa told AFP that he feared his dream of playing in Sunday's showpiece had been shattered before the CAF decision. "I am happy because to take part in this final was my objective," he said.

Football: Pitroipa cleared to play in Africa Cup final

Burkina Faso star Jonathan Pitroipa was cleared Friday to play in the Africa Cup of Nations final against Nigeria after a referee who sent him off admitted the decision was incorrect. "The red card is withdrawn," CAF secretary general Hicham El Amrani told journalists after the disciplinary commission's decision. Tunisian Slim Jdidi red carded Pitroipa during the semi-final win over Ghana for wrongly believing he had 'dived' and the midfielder would have missed the final this Sunday if the match official had not accepted he made a mistake.

Football: Pitroipa cleared to play in Africa Cup final

Burkina Faso star Jonathan Pitroipa was cleared Friday to play in the Africa Cup of Nations final against Nigeria after a referee who sent him off admitted the decision was incorrect. "The red card is withdrawn," CAF secretary general Hicham El Amrani told journalists after the disciplinary commission's decision. Tunisian Slim Jdidi red carded Pitroipa during the semi-final win over Ghana for wrongly believing he had 'dived' and the midfielder would have missed the final this Sunday if the match official had not accepted he made a mistake.

Soccer-CAF clear Pitroipa to play in African Nations Cup final

By Mike Collett JOHANNESBURG, Feb 8 (Reuters) - Burkina Faso winger Jonathan Pitroipa, controversially sent off in their semi-final win over Ghana on Wednesday, has had his dismissal rescinded by CAF and can play in Sunday's African Nations Cup final against Nigeria. The Confederation of African Football's referee's review committee overturned Pitroipa's ban after Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi told CAF he made a mistake with the second yellow card shown to the player for simulation.

Football: Ref admits mistake, Pitroipa set to play in final

Burkina Faso's star striker Jonathan Pitroipa, who picked up a red card in the semi-final against Ghana, is set to play in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final after all. For Pitroipa to be able to take part, the referee in Wednesday's game had to admit he had made a mistake in booking the player for a second time for diving, something the Tunisian Slim Jdidi has now done, CAf president Issa Hayatou said. "Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well," Hayatou announced here on Friday. "They've told me the referee has sent a letter saying he got it wrong.

Football: Ref admits mistake, Pitroipa set to play in final

Burkina Faso's star striker Jonathan Pitroipa, who picked up a red card in Wednesday's semi-final, is set to play in Sunday's Africa Cup of Nations final after all. For Pitroipa to be able to take part the referee in Wednesday's game had to admit he had made a mistake in booking the player for a second time for diving, something Tunisian Slim Jdidi has now done, CAf president Issa Hayatou said. "Everyone realised that this referee did not officiate well," Hayatou announced here on Friday. "They've told me the referee has sent a letter saying he got it wrong.

Football: Mali meet Ghana hoping to repeat history

Mali hope history is repeated when they face Ghana on Saturday for the bronze medals at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations tournament. Ghana defeated Mali 2-0 in the first round of the 2012 championship only for the losers to bounce back and win the third-place play-off by the identical score thanks to a Cheick Tidiane Diabate brace. A Mubarak Wakaso penalty earned Ghana a 1-0 win over Mali in the first round of this year's edition at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth and that is where the teams play again this weekend with the Eagles seeking revenge.
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