It was clear that African football will have a new champion when the Algerians were knocked out of the group stage courtesy the 3-1 loss to Ivory Coast in their last game as far as the ongoing 2021 AFCON tournament is concerned.

The Fennec Foxes of Algeria conquered African football at the last edition of the AFCON tournament in Egypt thanks to the 1-0 victory over Senegal in the final. The Algerians were one of the favourites to rule African football at the end of the 2021 AFCON tournament in Cameroon only for them to produce a poor outing. Algeria skipper RiyadMahrez from Premier League side Manchester City and his players could only record a solitary point from their three games in Group E. They were stunned to a goalless draw by Sierra Leone before the 1-0 defeat to Equatorial Guinea. The aforementioned loss to the Ivorians sealed their fate in the group as they exited the tournament unexpectedly.
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