Cameroon goalkeeper Onana leaves World Cup after dispute
Switzerland's Breel Embolo reacts next to Cameroon's goalkeeper Andre Onana during the World Cup group G football match between Switzerland and Cameroon, at the Al Janoub Stadium in Al Wakrah, Qatar, Thursday, November 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has apparently left the World Cup and is going home after being dropped from the country's squad for disciplinary reasons.

A photo posted by a Cameroonian journalist on social media shows the Inter Milan goalkeeper at the airport on Tuesday. The Cameroon team spokesman did not immediately answer calls seeking confirmation that Onana had left the squad.

Onana's exit follows a dispute with Cameroon coach Rigobert Song over team tactics. Onana was dropped for Monday's 3-3 draw with Serbia after having played in Cameroon's opening game at the World Cup, a 1-0 loss to Switzerland.

“If you can’t fit in with what’s required to be part of a squad then I do think that you need to step up to the plate and accept responsibility for that because the team, the squad, is more important than the interests of any individual," Song said Monday after the Serbia game.

Onana released a statement on Tuesday saying he was “not allowed” to be with the team at the Serbia game. In the statement, Onana also said he had tried to solve the issues with Song “but there has been no will on the other side.” He also seemed to dispute Song's account that he had broken squad disciplinary rules.

“I always behaved in a way to lead the team to success in a good manner,” Onana said in the statement.

He added: “I extend all my strength to my teammates because we demonstrated that we are capable of going very far in this competition.”

Song had left open the possibility of Onana returning to the team but said for that to happen "he’s going to have to agree to respect the rules to perhaps come into the squad.”

Cameroon still has a chance of qualifying for the last 16 at the World Cup but needs to beat top-ranked Brazil in its final Group G game and hope that the result of the Switzerland-Serbia match goes in its favour.

Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at https://bit.ly/epaper-login

HOUSE RULES

  1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper; email addresses will not be published.
  2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.
  3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.
  4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.
  5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.
  6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.
  7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy