Sierra Leone’s goalkeeper, Mohamed Kamara, who made seven saves against Algeria, broke down in tears after receiving the Man of the Match award.
He made seven saves to stop the Desert Foxes of Algeria and came off his line to clear the ball 4 times when his defence fell short.
Algeria were expected to get their Group E campaign at the tournament in Cameroon off to an easy start against minnows Sierra Leone, who were returning to the tournament for the first time since 1996.
But it proved a brave showing by the West Africans as they clung on for a point in sweltering heat in the port city.
The 22-year-old is the first goalkeeper of the tournament to earn the Man of the Match award with his brilliant performance against the defending champion.
Sierra Leone next game of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations will be against Ivory Coast at the Japoma Stadium in Douala on Sunday