AFCON title holders, Algeria have begun the competition timidly after obtaining a 0 – 0 draw against Sierra Leone in their opening group game at the Japoma Stadium in Doula on Tuesday January 11, 2022.
The champions of Africa, Algeria were confident on securing the first 3 points of the opening match; a dream not achieved due to the brilliant performance of Sierra Leone.
Despite attempts by Captain Riyad Mahrez, Saïd Benrahma, Haris Belkleba and others, the team didn’t score in 90 minutes.
Sierra Leone’s winger N. Mohamed Kamara, former England international defender Steven Caulker, Chris Kamara, and Lily made the match tough for Riyad Mahrez and his teammates from the beginning to the end.
Despite the replacement of some players in both teams, No side was able to make the difference.
– Possession of Ball:67 %
-corners : 10
– fouls 13
-Possession of Ball :33%
– Fouls :11
Sierra Leone’s goal keeper was named man of the match for his performance during the match.
The 22 year old is still playing in his country with East End Lions.
The Algerian team wasn’t satisfied with its performance and promised to perform better in the following matches and keep its title at the end.