The current winner of the Africa Cup of Nations kicks off the new tournament with a match against one of the main outsiders. Will Sierra Leone be able to impose a fight on Jamel Belmadi’s team? There are great doubts about this.
The group stage meeting of the African Cup Algeria – Sierra Leone will take place on January 11 at the Douala stadium in the city of the same name. The beginning is at 16:00 Moscow time.
If the Algerian national team is one of the main favorites, then the Sierra Leone national team is one of the main outsiders. The team hasn’t performed at a high level since 1996. In a country exhausted by civil war and epidemics, there is no time for football, therefore, the status of an outsider is guaranteed. The national team, led by coach John Keister, has not played at the official level since mid-June last year.
It is unlikely that Sierra Leone will be able to put up a worthy resistance to the qualified representatives of Group E. The only thing that shines for the “lions” is a possible fight for the third place in the group with Equatorial Guinea, but there is no chance against Algeria and Cote d’Ivoire.
In the fall, the Sierra Leone national team played two friendly matches, where they lost to the second squad of Morocco (1: 2) and Comoros (0: 2). There are no players in the national team who are at least a little heard. Several footballers play in Europe, but far from top clubs. The main star of the national team is considered the striker of the Finnish HIFK Kay Kamara, who has already turned 37 years old.
The broadcast of the match Algeria – Sierra Leone can be watched on the Okko Sport channel. In addition, popular sports resources (Sports.ru and others) will broadcast text online.
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