Caf has rescinded the Burkina Faso player's sending off after semi-final referee Slim Jdidi admitted his mistake, and he will be available for the Stallions versus the Super Eagles
Burkina Faso's Jonathan Pitroipa will play in the Africa Cup of Nations final after his ban for receiving two yellow cards was rescinded on Friday.
Tunisian referee Slim Jdidi was suspended after admitting in his match report that he made a mistake in sending Pitroipa off in the Burkina Faso-Ghana clash on Wednesday night.
Jdidi’s report has given Caf the power to overturn the decision taken by the referee, which means Pitroipa will be available for the 2013 Afcon final against Nigeria on Sunday.
"There is an overwhelming pressure to get Pitroipa back for the sake of our credibility," a Caf official told Goal.com. "We get the need to have a competitive final free of allegations.
We need the Afcon to be without blemish." Burkina Faso, who have reached their first ever Afcon final, will play against high-flying Nigeria at the National Stadium on Sunday.
The winners of the Afcon final will walk away with a trophy and prize money confirmed to be €1.1 million. Caf president Issa Hayatou earlier defended the Afcon prize money, which many fans believe doesn’t match the prestige of the tournament. "The reality is that our associations are struggling.
We support them. For instance, Nigeria still owe us €8m [€6m] for TV rights," said Hayatou.