Defending champion, Algeria was hooked by Sierra Leone (0-0) on Tuesday for its first CAN 2022 match.
This is the first sensation of this tournament. The Fennecs were unable to overcome a beautiful and united team from Sierra Leone.
For its third participation in the CAN, Sierra Leone, qualified after a last heated match against Benin (with a history of questionable positive tests), gets away with a historic result.
Djamel Belmadi’s men have not displayed their usual domination, which allows them to be the best African training since July 2019.
“There is a feeling of regret. We wanted to start this competition so with a victory, said the Algerian coach after the meeting. We had the situations to score, more than enough. We did not know how to be realistic.
The only small consolation, Riyad Mahrez’s teammates are content to extend their unbeaten streak to 35 games, two units from the record set by Italy (37). They can equal him if they don’t lose to Equatorial Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, their next opponents in Group E, who face each other on Wednesday
“The following? It will already be an important game against Equatorial Guinea, Belmadi said. We will have to win. You have to win every game. We come back (on the field) with the idea of winning all the matches. Today, we failed in our task. We will correct what needs to be corrected and then come back against Equatorial Guinea to win. ”