Cameroon head coach Rigobert Song suspended star goalkeeper Andre Onana. The decision arrived prior to the team’s thrilling 3-3 draw against Serbia on Monday. Onana was not on the teamsheet for the match.
“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,” a statement on the situation read.
“The Cameroon Football Federation reiterates its full support to 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.”
Head coach of Cameroon suspends Andre Onana
The Inter Milan keeper previously played the opening match of the World Cup for Cameroon. However, the Indomitable Lions lost the game 1-0 against Switzerland. Following the defeat, Onana and Song apparently began a feud based on team tactics. 29-year-old Devis Epassy filled in for Onana between the posts on Monday.
Goalkeeper rejects that he was problematic
Onana responded. He claimed he “always behaved in a way to lead the team to success in a good manner.”
“Yesterday I was not allowed to be on the ground to help Cameroon, as always do, to achieve the team’s goals,” Onana continued. “I have put all my efforts and energy into finding solutions to a situation that a footballer often experiences, but there has been no will on the other side. 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.”
Cameroon must beat Brazil on Friday if they are to advance to the knockout phase. The African nation must also hope that Serbia can get a result against Switzerland as well.
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