Andre Onana leaves Cameroon World Cup after disagreement with manager
Andre Onana has left the Cameroon World Cup squad ahead of their group-stage fixture against Serbia after a disagreement with his manager over the weekend. According to The Athletic, Onana, 26, was omitted from his nation’s matchday squad on Monday.
He and Rigobert Song discussed Onana’s style of play at Saturday’s training session, with the former defender wanting the Inter Milan goalkeeper to play more direct and not take any risks near his own goal.
Marca also claim the emotional dispute came after Song lambasted the stopper during training for taking too many risks playing with his feet. His replacement, Devis Epassy, conceded three goals in the 3-3 draw with Serbia on Monday.
After tensions cooled, Song and Onana are understood to have spoken after the session but the goalkeeper was adamant he would not change his style of play. Epassy, who plays his club football for Abha in Saudi Arabia and had made just five international appearance before the decision came to put him in the firing line against Serbia.
The point keeps Cameroon’s hopes alive but they must beat Brazil in their final game to have any chance of progressing to the knockout stages. According to reports from Helena Condis Edo, Onana sees his relationship with the team as ‘irreversible’ despite attempts from Cameroon Football Federation president and legendary striker Samuel Eto’o to mediate peace talks.
It was decided soon after that Onana should leave the squad and will play no further part in the tournament. Onana was initially banned for 12 months after failing a drugs test but the sanction was cut by three months after UEFA accepted he mistook one of his wife’s pills for a headache tablet.