Keshi Welcomes Pitroipa’s Return
Nigeria coach Stephen Keshi welcomes CAF’s decision to expunge Burkina Faso midfielder Jonathan Pitroipa.
The Stade Rennes player was sent off in controversial circumstances in Burkina Faso’s 3-2 post-match penalty semifinal win over Ghana on February 6 for alleged simulation in the box although replays showed otherwise.
Referee Slim Jdidi from Tunisia later admitted he erred in his judgment forcing CAF to reverse the decision and slapped an indefinite suspension on the match official.
“I think I applaud the decision made by CAF by rescinding the decision,” Keshi said.
“When you look at the video, you look at the game, it is obvious this guy does not deserve a red card.”
Keshi said Pitroipa’s return will add excitement to the final.
“For the game I think it is a good thing because for the 90 , 000 fans coming for the game it’s going to be fun to watch good football,” Keshi said.
“It is not every day that you get to play in the Africa Cup of Nations final and without any offence. I think it (the suspension) was a little over the top.”
Burkina Faso who are playing in their first Africa Cup final face Nigeria at Soccer City in Johannesburg on Sunday night with The Super Eagles aiming for their third title.