8 February 2013

Burkina Faso/South Africa: Pitroipa Is All Burkina Need

CAF has done the sensible thing to reprimand Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi for his comical performance in the Africa Cup of Nations 2013 quarterfinal game between Ghana and Burkina Faso.

However, the more realistic way the continent's football governing body could do to serve justice for Burkin Faso is by receding Jonathan Pitroipa's red card, which as it stands, rules him out of the biggest and most important game in his country's history.

Jdidi called some of the most controversial decisions ever witnessed in an international match albeit against one particular team-whether he did it intentionally or just human mistakes, but he had a horrible day out at the office, one he will terribly wish to banish from his memory.

Some of the controversial issues during the match on Wednesday include the red card to Burkina striker and their most important player Pitroipa that could mean he will miss Sunday's historical final against Nigeria.

It seems, according to the Tunisian official, Pitroipa (got) his second booking of the game, for simulation, when he went down in the penalty area in extra time-video replays show the forward was cleared impeded by the trailing leg of a Ghanaian defender.

The official had earlier awarded Ghana a generous penalty in addition to cancelling what appeared to be a genuine second half goal for the Burkinabe. On a positive, those key decisions won over the undecided fans for Burkina Faso, who have a mountainous task to write their name in history books on Sunday.

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