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Feb, 8, 2013

Pitroipa cleared for ANC final

Burkina Faso striker Jonathan Pitroipa has been cleared to play in the African Nations Cup final after his appeal to the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was successful.

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Pitroipa, 26, was sent off after receiving a second yellow card for simulation in the semi-final against Ghana when he tumbled in the box, but referee Slim Jdidi has since been suspended for his performance in the game.

Burkina Faso lodged an appeal against Pitroipa's dismissal, which came after Burkina Faso won 3-2 on penalties, and CAF confirmed on Friday that the ban would be overturned.

A senior CAF official told Reuters: "The referee wrote the letter to the review committee saying he had made a mistake. The review committee examined footage of the incident and agreed Pitroipa had been fouled. It asked the disciplinary committee to verify its decision, which [it] is entitled to do under the terms of Caf's rules and regulations."

Burkina Faso media officer Gabriel Nacoulma also revealed the side were delighted with the outcome, allowing Pitroipa to take his place in the final against Nigeria on Sunday.

"We are all very happy with the decision, he is a very important player for us," Nacoulma told BBC Sport. "We are very motivated to win. We have no injury concerns for the final."

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