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Burkina Faso forward Jonathan Pitroipa is delighted to face Nigeria in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations Final

Posted: 9 February 2013 Time: 08:59

Burkina Faso forward Jonathan Pitroipa is delighted the red card he got in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-final win against Ghana has been overturned.

The forward picked up a second yellow card for simulation and the red card meant that he would miss the Final against Nigeria on Sunday.

It was confirmed yesterday by CAF that the red card had been rescinded after referee Slim Jedidi admitted he got the decision wrong after the match on Wednesday.

"I'm glad because for me to participate in this Final was the goal," Pitroipa told France Football.

"I was disappointed to receive the red card because it would mean I could not fulfil my dream to play in the final.

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"To participate in a final of the Africa Cup of Nations is the dream of every kid who loves African football. I am very happy to participate.

"I was told that the referee had acknowledged his error and normally it would be good for me but at the time it was not official.

"After the red card, at the time, I was shocked. Even if the score was 1-1 in my head I thought we were going to qualify for the final and I was not going to participate," he added.

Pitroipa was thankful for all the support from teammates and the public.

"I thank all those who supported me, from Burkina Faso and from the outside, my teammates at Rennes and even former teammates like Vincent Kompany who sent a message on Twitter," he said.

Previous comments on this story...

Diego wa lEKHOSI(DWL)
posted: 09:16 am
Looks like Berkina faso will take this cup without a hussle this boy is a workaholic
posted: 09:17 am
At least the suspended referee used the opportunity given to do the right thing this time - admit in his official report that he got it all wrong by sending Pitroipa off. Amid all the controversy, it would have been a shame had Burkina Faso lost against Ghana. Thank goodness the better team won. Complete fairness have prevailed at last. Should Burkina Faso lose on Sunday, they will have no excuses (assuming CAF appoints a competent referee and linesmen for the finals)
Roger de sa
posted: 09:28 am
its goin 2b the best final wth stars as patriopa...burkina faso is my favoryt
posted: 09:29 am
Good player. He deserves his place in the final. African referees re still very much biased n inefficient. Club competition used to be really bad especially playing teams from d north but thank God live broadcast means they realise they re under scrutiny. On Sunday the whole world ll be watching the CAF knows this. Referee should not ruin it, they shld take the opportunity to make a bold statement bout African refereeing cos right in the this competition it's been awful.
posted: 09:48 am
i hope burkin afaso takes this one, to help other nations to believe that anyone can win anything.
Champ Dee
posted: 10:25 am
Fantastic news, can't wait to see the final!
Dj Lumeh (Treble Dj...)
posted: 10:28 am
I forsee a disaster on sunday night hehe cant wait
posted: 10:31 am
I am happy for you Mr. Pitroipa for recieving justice and going on to fulfil your dream of playing in the finals. All the players in the Super Eagles team dreams to lift the trophy after the finals end. Let every bodies dream be actualised. This way everyone is happy. Your dream is fulfilled and theirs is fufilled also. Shiekina. Super Eagles wins tomorrow's match by 2-0. Congratulations our dear SUPER EAGLES. KEEP SOARING HIGHER.
rendyboy 3's
posted: 10:37 am
It will be a good only de middleman n his assistants behave as it seems they are all on a mission to ruin the tournament....May the best win but my heart is with BF...I think much has been said abt Nigeria and also their players have already won the CUP....FOOTBALL/SOCCER has been and will always be played on the pitch..."Every Dog will Have its DAY" 3's
posted: 10:44 am
i can't wait for this thing to be over and watch the mighty bucs play
Good luck
posted: 11:13 am
The whole Nigerian critizing made Super Eagles reach the final today, I hope if we don't critizes them, then they might not even qualify from first round in way they were playing before.

Therefore, Super Eagles should go all the way to win the cup because God is with us and with God all things are possible for those who really believe in him. Up Super Eagles! Up Naija! Up President Goodluck Jonathan! God loves Naija.
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 11:40 am
@petropia fans and lazy manufactures of HIV AND AIDS south idiots africa, slaves. Go and ask Drogba,Govinho, Yaya Toure, Ebuo, Zakora etc and Kaita etc what they saw in d park. We dnt boast, we only criticize ourself if something is going wrong in our own country not urs, and u will see changes jump in immediately. We are not your seize in anything in life, the sickness u suppose to adore has been taking by Malians, u and ghanaian's woman rappers must go and thank ur darkness god. For your information Burkina Faso is going home with 4 goals to nothing. mark my work.
Nkata Offor 1 of Igbo land
posted: 11:41 am
posted: 11:49 am
I am happy for u Pitroipa, It wl b an exciting final, U n ur teammates hve attracted my support fr ur team n made Me see it worthwhile to purchase ur jersey n wl b at soccer city tomorrow wearing ur green jersey n supporting u all da way to da point where u wl b crowned african champions. I wl continue to support Burkina faso until this Bafana bafana of ours shape up. pitroipa is my afcon 2013 Hero. up the Birds
posted: 11:50 am
people shuld seriously shut d #### up. Who da #### is dz guy? Nigeria buried drogba, yaya, keita, gervinho etc and most of u modafucka sayin sh!t here. . I swear its nt a treat. I kan bet yo ass. ~up 9aija~
posted: 11:53 am
This is great news, that J didi Slima will go heavey coz I was gonna command two petrol siucide bombers Farm Boy and Fool so Far to go for him
posted: 11:54 am
'We played Brazil not Nigeria' – Mali goalkeeper
posted: 11:54 am
@ All da Drug lords, Let's meet at soccer city tomorrow night coz dat's where ur mouths wl b cut by Pitroipa, The Man Himself. I am looking forward to seeing Nigerian tears live.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 12:06 pm
posted: 12:18 pm
Bafaso Bafaso waya waya, i nearly cried wen dis boy was given a red card, Burkina Faso is relatively hungry, dey deserve dis Cup. Dey will definately do it for their nation living in harsh climatic conditoins and hunger. I gues the club oposite to Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou is a place to be 2moro nyt.
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