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2022 World Cup | Cameroon release official statement on the situation surrounding goalkeeper André Onana

The Indomitable Lions’ star goalkeeper was unexpectedly dropped from Rigobert Song’s matchday XI against Serbia after a rumored falling out with the head coach over tactical decisions

The Cameroonian Football Federation has given released an official statement regarding the situation surrounding the exclusion and temporary suspension of star goalkeeper André Onana.

Per reports from football insider Fabrizio Romano earlier today, Onana was axed from Rigobert Song’s matchday XI against Serbia due to a discussion with Song after his insistence on a different style of goalkeeping in line with more a ‘traditional’ approach. Onana was said to have no intention of changing his style, which led to a tense situation between both parties.

Onana has since removed himself from the Cameroonian squad and will not return to duty in the 2022 World Cup, with Song now having to turn to 29-year-old Devis Epassy who featured in goal in Cameroon’s 3-3 draw against Dragan Stojković’s Оrlovi. Since then, FECAFOOT has released a statement from General Secretary Blaise Djounang in a show of unwavering support for Song and the collective squad in Qatar.

“The Cameroon Football Federation hereby informs the public that following Me. Rigobert Song Bahanag’s decision, Head Coach of the Indomitable Lions, the player André Onana has been temporarily suspended from the group for disciplinary reasons.”

“The Cameroon Football Federation reiterates its full support of the Head Coach and his entire staff as they implement the Federation’s policy aimed at preserving discipline, solidarity, complementarity, and cohesion within the national team.”

“FECAFOOT further reaffirms its commitment to create a peaceful atmosphere for the team and to provide them with adequate facilities for an outstanding performance.”

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Andrew Thompson

US-based Football writer. German football guru with a wealth of experience in youth development and analysis. Data aficionado. Happily championing the notion that Americans have a knowledgeable voice in the beautiful game.

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