Euro 2024: Amadou Onana Fumes After He Is Mistaken for Andre Onana After Belgium’s Loss

Euro 2024: Amadou Onana Fumes After He Is Mistaken for Andre Onana After Belgium’s Loss

Martin Moses
June 19, 2024 at 6:30 AM
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  • Amadou Onana amused fans after he switched up his accents in a flash to correct a reporter who had called him the wrong name
  • The Everton star is fluent in English despite being born to a Senegalese mother and a Cameroonian father before moving to Belgium when he was 11
  • The incident happened as Onana addressed journalists following Belgium's surprising loss to Slovakia in their first game of Euro 2024

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Amadou Onana told off a journalist after he was mistaken for Andre Onana following Belgium's loss in their Euro 2024 opener to Slovakia on June 17.

The Everton star started and lasted the entire 90 minutes of the contest as Slovakia pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Euro history.

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Amadou Onana in action for Belgium during their Euro 2024 match against Slovakia on June 17 at the Frankfurt Arena. Photo by Marco Steinbrenner/DeFodi Images.
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Ivan Schranz scored the only goal in a game dominated by Belgium's high-profile misses and contentious VAR calls. Romelu Lukaku and Johan Bakayoko had the best chances to ensure the Red Devils got something from that game.

Reactions to Amadou Onana correcting reporter

While addressing reporters after the game, Onana amused fans online after he quickly switched from French to a clear English accent to rebuke a reporter who had mistaken him for the Manchester United goalkeeper.

"Andre is not even my name, mate. Do you know what I mean?"

@TheOnlyRobhdmk asked,

"How does a Senegalese born, Belgian living in Northwest England sound like he's from South London?"

@GregDouble said,

"That accent is so perfect that UEFA should forget the Belgian caps and let him play for England."

While @TerfaTG said,

"His switch-up was crazy. Most Belgians have such a natural fluidity with language. On average, they speak about two or three languages fluently."

Onana and the Belgian squad will be hoping to get their campaign back on track when they face group leaders Romania on June 22 at the RheinEnergieStadion. The Tricolorii blew away Ukraine 3-0 in their opening game.

How new VAR handball technology works

In the Belgium vs Slovakia game, Sports Brief reported on how the new handball VAR technology works.

UEFA had the chance to showcase the new 'heartbeat' technology when it was used to rule out Romelu Lukaku's late goal after Lois Openda was adjudged to have handled the ball in the build-up.

The technology shows the exact moment a player made contact with the ball to help the officials make a decision.

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Martin Moses is a sports journalist with over five years of experience in media. He graduated from Multimedia University of Kenya (Bachelor of Journalism, 2017-2021)