Club Africain striker Saber Khalifa will not play in his side's crucial clash against Ahly in the second leg of the Confederation Cup round of 16 after African governing body CAF rejected his appeal to have a red card overturned, Tunisian media reported on Tuesday.
Khlaifa received his marching orders in the second half after collecting a second yellow card during Club Africain's 2-1 loss to Ahly in the first leg on Sunday.
The Tunisian giants said that Khalifa's second yellow card was underserved as the referee "cautioned him for simulation", claiming that the striker was fouled by Ahly defender Mohamed Naguib.
The 28-year-old, who joined Cluh Africain on loan from French giants Olympique de Marseille last summer, is a key player of the team who are on the brink to win their first league title since 2008.
Club Africain will host Ahly in the second leg of the Confederation Cup round of 16 on 6 June.
They will be looking to overturn a 2-1 first-leg defeat to advance to the competition's group stage.
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