Ghana defender John Boye will miss Saturday’s third-place playoff of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations when the Black Stars clash with Mali.
The four-time champions were beaten 1-0 by Zambia in the semi-final of the competition in Bata on Wednesday.
Boye got his second successive yellow card of the competition during the match for a high tackle on an opponent.
This means he will be suspended for one match, ruling him out of the match against Mali.
Boye absence is a big blow for the Black Stars as he has been one of Ghana’s pivotal players in this year’s competition, having won the man-of-the-match award in their opening game against Botswana.
He is likely to be replaced by Isaac Vorsah in Ghana’s next game.