Aymen Mahious’s penalty helps hosts Algeria to a winning CHAN start at the newly built Nelson Mandela Stadium as they edged Libya 1-0 in CHAN 2022 opener on Friday.
The Desert Foxes’ forward was brought down in the 18-yard box by Libyan goalkeeper Muad Allafi after he was late in his attempt to stop a misplaced back pass from Libyan midfielder Aboulqassim Rajab.
Referee Tom Abongile made no mistake when he pointed to the spot.
Mahious calmly slotted the ball into the left corner sending Allafi the wrong way in the 57th minute to send the home crowd into resounding celebrations that could be heard across the Algerian capital and the country.
Houssem Eddine Mrezigue is the TotalEnergies Man of the Match.
As a result, Algeria will top Group A with three points, whilst Libya sit at the bottom after Friday’s opener.
Ethiopia to face Mozambique in Group A second game on Saturday, 14 January, at the same venue at 1300 GMT.
The capacity of 40,000 spectators at Stade Nelson Mandela included the Algerian Prime Minister, Aymen Benabderrahmane, FIFA president Gianni Infantino, and his CAF counterpart, Patrice Motsepe.
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