Ghana’s impressive midfielder Rabiu Mohammed has been ruled out of Saturday’s third-place playoff of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
The France-based enforcer got his second yellow card in as many matches during Wednesday’s semi-final clash against Burkina Faso.
This means he will serve a one-match ban for the caution he received from Tunisia official Slim Jedidi after he brought down an opponent at the edge of the box.
His absence is a blow for the Black Stars as he has impressed since the tournament started with many comparing him to the French legend Patrick Vieira.
But Ghana will have a good replacement for Mohammed as key performers Anthony Annan and Derek Boateng can play comfortably in that position.
The Black Stars will play Mali for the competition’s bronze medal after they were defeated on penalties by Burkina Faso.
The Super Eagles clinched their place in the final after thrashing Mali 4-1 in the first semi-final game earlier on Wednesday.