When Angola take on Nigeria on Friday in the first of the quarter-finals of AFCON 2023, the team will be without their first choice goalkeeper, Adilson Cipriano da Cruz who goes by the nickname, Neblú.
He was dismissed in Angola’s Round of 16 duel with Namibia.
Neblu was sent off after just 17 minutes after handling the ball outside his area.
He was to miss two matches which has now been reduced to one. The reduction was on the premise that the dismissed goalkeeper merely handled the ball outside his area and did not constitute violent conduct or jeopardize the physical integrity of an opposing player.