Cameroon’s goalkeeper Onana leaves World Cup after dispute with coach

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Goalkeeper Andre Onana has left Cameroon’s World Cup camp in Qatar following his suspension by his country’s football federation

According to BBC, a source close to the footballer confirmed that the Inter Milan goaltender departed the Indomitable Lions’ hotel and travelled to the airport on Tuesday.

He is said to be heading to Paris, the capital of France, before jetting back to Yaounde.

The development follows after Onana was involved in a confrontation with Rigobert Song, the team’s head coach.

There are reports that the fallout between the duo was over Onana’s insistent venturing out of his penalty area.

Consequently, the goalkeeper, who had played all of Cameroon’s games in 2022, was dropped for Devis Epassy in the team’s 3-3 draw against Serbia on Monday.

The country’s football association thereafter announced the suspension of Onana over “disciplinary reasons.”

In his reaction, Onana, in a tweet, said efforts from him to mitigate the situation failed to yield results.

 


The 26-year-old added that he respects and accepts the decision made by the FA.

 

“I have put all my efforts and energy into finding solutions to a situation that a footballer often experiences, but there has been no will on the other side,” the statement reads in part.

 

“However, I always respect and support the decisions of the people in charge of pursuing the success of our team and country.”

 

Onana has made 34 international appearances for Cameroon since his debut in 2016. 

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