By Etienne Mainimo
Sierra Leone, one of the underdogs of the ongoing 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON has surprisingly held defending champions, Algeria to a goalless draw.
Great saves by goalkeeper Mohammed Kamara of Sierra Leone gave defending champion Algeria surprising moments in Douala, Cameroon as the two teams settled for 0-0 draw in their first Group Game of the 2021 TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON.
Even though Algeria dominated the game, it was Sierra Leone who had a good number of chances in the first period of the game.
Even though Algeria came close to opening, the score in the second minute but Sierra Leone came storming back down the other end and were close to scoring at the sixth minute.
However, Yacine Brahimi missed a celebrated chance as Steven Caulker denied substitute Sofiane Bendebka what had looked an open goal.
Again, Mahrez golden opportunity to put Algeria on the lead was denied after goalkeeper Kamara brilliantly stopped it.
Despite the results, Algeria extend their unbeaten run to 35 matches, putting them within touching distance of the record of 37 undefeated internationals in a row set by European champions Italy last year.
It is worth noting that Sierra Leone celebrated the draw as if they won the match given that they were returning to the tournament for the first time since 1996.
Equatorial Guinea is expected to take on Ivory Coast in the second Group E game in Douala