Caf admits Diawara's suspension was mistaken identity

Senegal defender Souleyman Diawarra
Senegal defender Souleymane Diawarra's suspension has been lifted

Senegal's Souleymane Diawara has had his two-match ban from 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers lifted after being a victim of mistaken identity.

The defender had been suspended from the next two Group E qualifiers after the referee reported cautioning him in the match against Cameroon in June.

The Confederation of African Football (Caf) said it examined video evidence and found Diawara had not been booked.

The Marseille man can now play in next month's home clash against DR Congo.

Angolan referee Helder Martins de Carvalho had reported to Caf that he had cautioned the defender during the match which ended in a goalless draw.

Caf said it had been a case of mistaken identity as Diawara had been confused with midfielder Issiar Dia, who has already been suspended for two matches after receiving a red card in the game.

Senegal had two players sent off and their coach Amara Traore sent to the stands during the tempestuous draw in Yaounde.

Diawara's return will be a boost for the Lions of Teranga as a home win will see them qualify for next year's Nations Cup finals.

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