Sierra Leone’s Opponent, Algeria Outplay And Humiliates Ghana in Pre-AFCON Friendly
The Desert Foxes of Algeria has beaten and humiliated Ghana 3-0 in an AFCON warm-up friendly match hosted at the Education City Stadium in Ar-Rayyan, Qatar on Wednesday 5th January 2022.
The Black Stars were largely outplayed by the reigning AFCON champions, with goals from Adam Ounas, Islam Slimani and an own goal from Jonathan Mensah settling the score.
Algeria began the game as the better side and dominated the early exchanges as Ghana struggled to match their intensity.The Desert Foxes were rewarded for their efforts after just eight minutes when Ounas turned Gideon Mensah inside-out before firing a low shot past Nurudeen at his near-post.
The second half saw the Black Stars up their game, with Issahaku’s goal-bound curler tipped wide by goalkeeper Raïs M’Bolhi. Ghana continued to chase the equaliser and Paintsil was unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty after being brought down in the box.
It was the North Africans, though, who ended the game on the ascendency after adding two late goals to seal an impressive 3-0 win. Jonathan Mensah’s unfortunate own goal saw Algeria double their lead before Islam Slimani wrapped up the 3-0 result with a cool tap-in.
The win over Ghana sees the Desert Foxes extend their unbeaten run to 40 matches, with their last defeat coming in September 2019.
Sierra Leone is zoned in Group E with Algeria, Cote d’Ivoire and Equatorial Guinea. They will begin their AFCON 2021 campaign on January 11, 2022 against the Desert Foxes at the Japoma Stadium in Douala.