Clean sheet master, Andre Onana has made a bold claim ahead of Cameroon’s AFCON 8th final against the super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday. The Cameroon shot stopper has followed his excellent run with his club side Ajax Amsterdam, where he kept 22 clean sheets in the just ended season, with a solid start in his first ever AFCON.
The 23 year old has kept three clean sheets in three outings at the ongoing AFCON, despite his side finishing second in their group. Many have question Cameroon’s ability to retain the title won in Gabon 2017, using the lions inability to score many goals a pretext. But now Andre Onana has played down such claims, stating that they can still clinch the title even without scoring many goals. “It is more important to score because at the end Football is about scoring, but keeping a clean sheet is more important for us the defenders, because it gives us confidence”, said Onana. He added that “at this level of the competition, if you have a good defense, you win titles, but if you have a good attack, you win some games, but we are here to win titles, so it is important for us to be strong defensively and if we don’t concede any goal, for sure we are going to go far”.
Andre Onana was not part of Cameroon’s 2017 expedition in Gabon, but feels happy being part of the present generation of lions seeking for Cameroon’s sixth continental honor. He insist “we here to try to defend the title and we will try to bring it back to Cameroon, even if that means keeping clean sheets in every game”.
Quizzed on what he thinks his side should improve on before Saturday’s Blockbuster against Nigeria, Onana replied “games are different, we are going to see what they will propose and there we will decide how to approach the game”.
The lions are expected to leave Ismaïla for Alexandria,where they will play on Saturday. Many are of the opinion that moving from Ismaïla to Alexandria may affect the lions performance, but Andre Onana sees things differently. “That’s Football. Sometimes you have to move, sometimes not. Today were going to move. I’m not going complain about the traveling”, added Onana.
Andre Onana will be hoping for another clean sheet against the super Eagles on Saturday. Nicknamed “penalty killer”, Onana might play a vital role in the knock out phase, should the game goes on penalties. His cousin and now deputy keeper, Fabrice Ondoa saved Sadio Mane’s penalty in the quarter finals in Gabon 2017, but now the responsibility is on Andre Onana, when such moments comes calling.