Senegal moved a step closer to a maiden Africa Cup of Nations title following their semi-final victory over Tunisia on Sunday, July 14.
The win saw them set up a date with Algeria in Friday’s, July 19, title decider at Cairo International Stadium.
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The Lions of Teranga have however been dealt a blow days to the crunch clash as they will now miss the services of influential defender Kalidou Koulibaly.
The imposing centre back picked up a second yellow in three matches after conceding a penalty in Sunday’s 1-0 semi-final win over Tunisia and will be suspended for the final.
Koulibaly risked suspension heading into the semi final match against the Carthage Eagles and picked one just 16 minutes from time in the hotly-contested clash.
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The ball struck the Napoli man's arm in the 74th minute leading to a penalty, with Ethiopian referee Tessema Weyesa subsequently booking the defender.
The resultant penalty was however missed by Ferjani Sassi before Senegal saw Henry Saivet squander their own chance from 12 yards before a Dylan Bronn extra time own goal settled the match.
Koulibaly's absence will be a huge blow for the Lions of Teranga as he has been one of the key and standout players in Aliou Cisse's set-up.
Story by Kevin Kimutai, TUKO.co.ke correspondent.
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