Senegal defender Kalidou Koulibaly is out of the Afcon final clash set for Friday against Algeria.
The Napoli centre-back who is one of the key figures in the squad received a second yellow card inside three games in the 1-0 semifinal victory over Tunisia and will be suspended for the title decider.
“It’s a shame we will be without Kalidou, he’s vital in this team, a player who gives us a lot. We will also be playing for him,” midfielder Pape Alioune Ndiaye told reporters after the extra-time triumph at the 30 June Stadium.
Koulibaly’s booking resulted from a handball inside the box which blocked a goal-bound shot by Ferjani Sassi.
The penalty, however, was saved by the keeper and a few moments later, the Teranga Lions were awarded a spot-kick on the other end, but also missed it.
The deadlock was only broken in the extra time through Dylan Bronn’s own goal.
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