Midfielder Mubarak Wakaso missed an opportunity to increase his goal tally at the Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana?s 3-1 defeat to Mali for third-place on Saturday.

The Espanyol-who is joint top scorer with four goals-failed to convert a penalty which could have bettered his chances of winning the golden shoe award.

Wakaso blasted over the goal post in the 57th minute after Gabonese referee Otogo Arnaud pointed to the spot after Salif Coulibaly was adjudged to have handled the ball inside his own area.

The 22-year-old had previously scored three spot-kicks in the tournament.

With Nigeria striker Emmanuel Emenike battling for fitness ahead of Sunday?s final against Burkina Faso, Wakaso was in a good position to win the top scorer prize.

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