- Andre Onana was left out of the Cameroon squad that played a 3-3 draw with Serbia
- The goalkeeper was said to have had a row with coach Rigobert Song over his tactics
- The Cameroon FA has issued a statement confirming the goalkeeper's suspension
Cameroon Football Federation (FECAFOOT) has confirmed the suspension of goalkeeper Andre Onana, due to issues relating to his misconduct.
The Inter Milan goalkeeper was in action for the full 90 minutes during Cameroon’s 1-0 loss to Switzerland in their opening game at the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
Onana was billed to man the posts against Serbia, but hours before the encounter, the 26-year-old was banished from the squad.
Several reports claimed he had a bust-up with the coach of the side, Rigobert Song and FA president Samuel Eto’o, as they disagreed over his keeping style before they faced the Serbs.
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A statement by FECAFOOT confirmed that Onana had been temporarily suspended from the Indomitable Lions’ squad.
The statement read, via Reuters:
“The Cameroon Football Federation hereby informs the public that following Mr. Rigobert Song Bahanag’s decision, Head Coach of the Indomitable Lions, the player Andre Onana has been temporarily suspended from the group for disciplinary reasons."
FECAFOOT reaffirmed its support for Song and his team, whose duties include 'preserving discipline, solidarity, complementarity and cohesion' of the national side.
“FECAFOOT further reaffirms its commitment to create a peaceful atmosphere for the team and to provide them with adequate facilities for an outstanding performance.”
Onana reacts to his axing
Sports Brief earlier reported that Onana is on his way 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.
The 26-year-old stated he had put his effort and energy into resolving a situation that footballers would often experience, but called out a lack of will from the team management in this regard.
He also used the opportunity to send his strength to his team, who demonstrated how far they could progress at the World Cup.
Source: Sports Brief News