Angry Cameroon Fans Blast Eto’o, Song Over Choice To Send Onana Packing From 2022 World Cup

Angry Cameroon Fans Blast Eto’o, Song Over Choice To Send Onana Packing From 2022 World Cup

Babajide Orevba
updated at April 12, 2023 at 8:18 PM
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  • Cameroon battled hard to earn a crucial draw against Serbia, but fans are upset with the drama within the squad
  • Hours before their second group game against the Serbs at the 2022 World Cup, goalkeeper Andre Onana left the team’s camp
  • Fans have called out the head coach Rigobert Song and the country’s FA president Samuel Eto’o over the situation

Cameroon faces the herculean task of qualifying for the second round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup as they must beat Brazil in their final group game to stand any chance.

Fans are upset with team manager Rigobert Song and the country’s FA president Samuel Eto’o following the decision to send goalkeeper Andre Onana packing from the tournament.

It was gathered that the Inter Milan goalkeeper held a tense discussion with the head coach, who insisted on a different style of goalkeeping which was more ‘traditional’.

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Cameroon fans are upset with Rigobert Song and Samuel Eto'o over Onana's exit from the team's camp in Qatar. Photo JAVIER SORIANO
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Onana was billed to man the post for Cameroon in their all-important tie with Serbia but was reportedly dropped out of the squad on the back of a tense meeting with the coach.

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Second choice Devis Epassy was in goal against the Serbians, and the shot-stopper conceded three goals in the encounter as it ended 3-3.

The Indomitable Lions must now beat the mighty Brazil in their final group game, a situation which has sparked anger against Samuel Eto’o and Rigobert Song.

A fan wrote:

“And if it’s true that Eto’o is interfering in the job of Rigobert Song, then it’s sad. You’re the FA president, allow the coach to do his job. I hate when Federation presidents interfere in what the coach is doing. It happens all the time here in Nigeria.”

Another added:

“I feel like Eto'o n Song tryna be the faces of the NT instead of the current players but meen kno anything.”

One said:

“Aboubakar I am very sorry. As for eto'o and song... lemme not speak.”

Why Kylian Mbappe ignored Cameroon to play for France

Sports Brief earlier reported that the father of France striker Kylian Mbappe narrated all that transpired, forcing his son to play for Les Blues rather than Cameroon.

Mbappe was born in Paris to a Cameroonian father, Wilfried, and an Algerian mother, but he had made efforts to play senior national team football for the Central African Country where his dad came from.

Back in 2018, Wilfried alleged that a member of the Cameroon FA requested some money before his son could make the Indomitable Lions’ squad.

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Babajide Orevba is a CAF accredited Nigerian journalist and HOD of the Local Desk with over 10 years of experience in media landscape.He studied NCE Political Science/Social Studies, AOCOED.