World Cup 2022: Onana Breaks Silence After Being Sent Packing From Cameroon Camp in Qatar

World Cup 2022: Onana Breaks Silence After Being Sent Packing From Cameroon Camp in Qatar

  • Andre Onana has left Qatar after a bust-up with Cameroon coach Rigobert Song
  • The goalkeeper has finally narrated all that transpired leading up to the moment
  • The Inter Milan star says respects the decision but says some moments are difficult

The rancour within the Cameroon squad took a new turn on Monday, November 28, when goalkeeper Andre Onana left the squad before their World Cup match against Serbia.

Onana was said to have had a showdown with the team's coach Rigobert Song and was consequently left out of the team that played the Serbs.

Second-choice goalkeeper Devis Epassy conceded three goals during the match, as the highly-entertaining fixture ended 3-3.

Andre Onana, Cameroon, Rigobert Song, World Cup
Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has opened up on his rumoured showdown with manager Rigobert Song. Photo: ISSOUF SANOGO.
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Onana is said to be on his way back home, as the Indomitable Lions face the herculean task of beating Brazil in their final group game, to stand any chance of progressing to the second round.

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The embattled Inter Milan goalkeeper said, via Daily Mail:

“I want to express my affection for my country and the national team. Yesterday, I was not allowed to be on the ground to help Cameroon, as I always do, to achieve the team's goals. I always behaved in a way to lead the team to success in a good manner."

Onana stated he had put his effort and energy into resolving a situation footballers would often experience, but called out a lack of will from the team management in this regard.

"Some moments are difficult to assimilate. However, I always respect and support the decisions of the people in charge of pursuing the success of our team and country."

Onana added that he sent his strength to his team, who demonstrated how far they could progress at the World Cup.

“The values that I promote as a person and as a player are the ones that identify me, and that my family has given me since childhood."

He concluded with his affirmation that representing Cameroon was still a privilege.

“The nation first and forever. Thank you!”

Song tips Cameroon over Brazil

Sports Brief earlier reported that any result short of victory against Brazil would see Cameroon fall in the group stage of the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

However, the Indomitable Lions' head coach Song has expressed confidence that his boys have all it takes to beat the South Americans.

Cameroon and Serbia have a point each, meaning a loss for either side in their respective final group games will confirm their exit from the tournament.