The Algerian team, one of the favorites of the Africa Cup of Nations, ran into the Sierra Leone wall and could not go beyond the goalless draw, in the match that opened Group E, thanks to the great performance of the goalkeeper Sierra Leonean Mohamed Kamara.
The reigning champions, Algerians, led in attack by Manchester City player Riyad Mahrez, came out with a gala eleven for their debut in the tournament. Despite a very close first half in which Sierra Leone managed to stop the Algerian attacks – and at some point put the rival goal in trouble – Algeria, although it was not right in front of goal, was superior.
With more than double shots (18), eight of them on target, and with 67% of the possession, the ‘Desert Foxes’ failed to pierce Sierra Leone’s goal, defended by a Mohamed Kamara who emerged as the great figure of the party and disrupted the local offensives. Algeria begins its journey in the African tournament with a stumbling block.
Nigeria and Egypt will meet this afternoon (5:00 p.m.) in the game that opens Group D.