By Anye Nde Nsoh
Sports Writer kick442.com-Cameroon
The Leone Stars of Sierra have played a virgin tie against defending champions of AFCON Algeria in the first group E game of the African Cup of Nations 2021.
Coach John Keister and boys stood the taste of time containing the pressure mounted by team Algeria till the end, keeping a clean sheet and backing home a point.
Zero goal on either side implies both teams back home a point each.
How it went
Beautiful kick-off between both teams playing forefront, aiming for each other’s goal post. Sierra Leone with in the first five minutes won a corner kick and a direct strike unfortunately the sticks stopped their moves.
In early kick-off, Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez combining with Islam Slimani failed to put smiles on the faces of their fans, blamed for poor finishing.
The game was later characterized by limited forward moves, weak strikes which all attackers are guilty of. Both The Algerian Foxes and Leone Stars enjoy the game time in the median creating limited scoring chances.
31 minutes into the first segment Sierra Leone had a chance, from the median, Mohammed Buya Buya picked up a loose ball, manipulated Algeria’s defence and delivered a wayward shot. Buya’s action ended the most interesting actions of the first segment.
From a break, defending champions Algeria stood their grounds engaging in confident forward moves several strikes and headers on target but their efforts were easily stopped by Sierra Leon’s goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara.
In an attempt to increase the search for goals coach Djamel Belmadi of Algeria brought in forwards in persons of Farid Boulaya, Baghdad Bounedjah replacing Sofiane Feghouli and Islam Slimani, while Sofiane Bendebka came in to strengthen the midfield compartment.
The Algerians did not relent efforts in getting pass goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara, more wasted chances only came to play.
As minutes died to seconds, Coach John Edward Keister of Sierra saw more need for midfield strengthening, substituting striker Alhaji Kamara for midfielder Saidu Fofanah.
Cneter Referee Ahmad Heeralall’s final whistle concluded the battle sharing the spoils for both team.
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