Mali’s coach Patrice Carteron says had it not been for bad refereeing during the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, his team might have been in the finals of the tournament. He was speaking ahead of the Eagle’s clash for the bronze medal with the Black Stars of Ghana at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth tonight.
Yesterday, Burkina Faso’s striker Jonathan Pitroipa, who picked up a red card in Wednesday’s semifinal, was cleared to play in the final following the referee’s apology over a bad decision.
“There has been a lot of big mistakes in this competition; for example the game against Ghana, for us at a tense minute, an incredible mistake where the goalkeeper went out and where he should have had a red card and he didn’t. Maybe we could have finished at 1st place of the competition,” says Carteron.
Cateron says he appreciates CAF’s Review Committee to rescind Pitriopa’s red card. The Burkinabe player, who was controversially sent off for simulation after he was clearly brought down inside the box, is not eligible to feature in the final against Nigeria.
“It’s a good thing for football.”