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.


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    I wonder what is the capacity of the stadium.. 90 000 fan from Nigeria will mean no other soccer fan will enter the stadium. I wish they limit the number from each country to allow other citizens to attend and help make an neccesary noise.. also taking part in blowing the infamous vuvuzela ..

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    imwe ba kanjimaano, its the capacity of the stadium , not the number of nigerian fans. Keshi is a good coach who even wishes his opponents well, as we all know that Petrol (Pitroipa) guy is a world class player who cannot be compared to the makulas of chipolopolo like chansa, kalaba etc so for keshi to be happy on his return is good sportsmanship.If it was zambia, they could have even boycotted the final match until the referees decision is respected, like they did on Sudan, thus why you were punished in the group stage all fake teams eliminated WOOOOOOOO….VIVA BKF though, MY BET IS BKF 4 – NIGERIA 1

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    Who can trust Nigerians, if they loose they will use that Pitroipa case. Burkina Faso shouldn’t play Pitroipa, let them use all card free players to beat the pompous Nigerians 4-1.

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    @spoiler, where is the pomposity in Keshi’s comment? Why do you have to show hate even when the opponent of the Super Eagles is showing good sportsmanship? Some of you should just not be allowed to make comments on blogs! Please learn to respect other people!

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      Eagle, you are lost.. what are you doing on this website, and of all countries why are you in Nigeria?

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