AFCON 2023: Onana and Eto’o Still at Loggerheads As Crisis Rocks Cameroon’s Team

AFCON 2023: Onana and Eto’o Still at Loggerheads As Crisis Rocks Cameroon’s Team

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at December 27, 2023 at 1:27 PM
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  • Andre Onana is yet to patch things up with Cameroon FA president Samuel Eto’o
  • The pair had a fallout at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar
  • Onana returned to the team ahead of the 2023 African Cup of Nations

Cameroon’s quest to win a fifth Africa Cup of Nations is in disarray as Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana and Fecafoot president Samuel Eto’o are still at loggerheads.

The pair have not seen eye to eye since both parties fell out during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, which led to Onana’s premature retirement from the national team.

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Andre Onana has made a u-turn on his decision to retire from the Cameroon national team after talks with the government. Photo by Matthew Ashton
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According to Sports News Africa, the rift between Onana and Eto’o could derail Cameroon’s unity heading to the 2023 AFCON, which could be tantamount to destroying their hopes of winning the competition.

The Manchester United goalkeeper announced his return to the national team weeks before the start of the AFCON after talks with the Cameroon Sports minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi.

Cameroon, who are the second-highest winners of the AFCON, have been paired alongside Senegal, Gambia and Guinea in Group C and will aim to go a step higher than the bronze medal they won in the last edition.

Cameroon government Influenced Onana’s return

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Andre Onana’s decision to return to the Cameroon national team was influenced by the country’s Sports minister Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, BSN sports reports.

The Manchester United goalie had called it quits with the national team in 2022 after he was sent home from the World Cup before having to reconsider his decision after talks with his country’s government.

Onana’s wealth of experience will be key for the Indomitable Lions as they push to secure a fifth continental title as the Manchester United goalkeeper has made 34 appearances for Cameroon to date.

Onana’s wild celebration goes viral

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that a video had emerged capturing Andre Onana's wild celebration during Manchester United's epic comeback win over Aston Villa.

The Red Devils have endured a disastrous run of form in recent weeks and were desperate to secure a morale-boosting result when they hosted Villa at Old Trafford on Tuesday night.

United found themselves trailing the visitors by two goals at the interval after John McGinn and Leander Dendonckker found the back of the net in the 21st and 26 minutes, respectively.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..