It was one of the most awaited entries in this 2021 African Cup of Nations. Victorious of the last edition, Algeria wanted to make a success of its debut in order to get into the competition and keep its title of Champion of ‘Africa. With the presence of Atal, Bensebaïni, Feghouli, Slimani, Mahrez, Brahimi and Belaïli, the best player of the Arab Cup 2021, the Fennecs wanted to do well against Sierra Leone, qualified for the first time in 25 years.
And yet it was the Leones Stars who were the most dangerous from the start of the game. Kamara, who played perfectly with Mandi, saw his recovery narrowly escape the frame (6th). Eager to exploit set pieces, despite a disappointing first period in intensity, Sierra Leone was dangerous from a free kick. Bangura, whose head flirted with M’Bolhi’s right post, was very close to opening the scoring (22nd). Fennecs supporters had to expect a completely different first period …
Mohamed Kamara has pulled out all the stops
And the second half started in the same way. Alone at the penalty spot, Kamara could resume point blank in front of Mandi, who inadvertently deflected the ball into his own net. Fortunately for the Greens, the Randers striker was offside (48th). The Fennecs were then finally more dangerous, but Kamara, the goalkeeper from Sierra Leone, had decided to pull out all the stops ahead of Brahimi (52nd), Bendebka (67th) and Mahrez (69th and 80th).
Despite some offensives at the end of the game, like a recovery from Benrahma who missed the target (85th), Algeria did not manage to make the difference and therefore concedes a draw against the weaker opponent. of his group E. The Fennecs will have to pull themselves together against Equatorial Guinea on the next day to keep fate in their hands. Authors of a heroic match, the players of Sierra Leone will face the Ivory Coast.
The classification of the CAN groups