By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon.
Cameroon’s sensational goalkeeper Andre Onana Onana has revealed reasons behind his absence from Cameroon’s 2017 AFCON squad. The boys of coach Hugo Broos traveled to Gabon and surprised the continent by claiming the primary continental football crown against the expectations of many.
The success may have covered one of the most controversial incident in the history of the Cameroon national team.
Andre Onana and six other foreign based players amongst which was current Indomitable captain Choupo-Moting and current midfielder Andre Zambo Anguissa failed to honor their invitation for varied reasons.
Their decision to stay out attracted huge criticisms and their popularity further diminished when some of the players like Alain Romeo stated he preferred playing for his club over the national team at that time.
A significant portion of Cameroonians have not forgotten the action of these players.
Over the weekend, Andre Onana in a Television debat on Canal+ revisited the incident when he was asked if he regrets missing the 2017 AFCON.
“I don’t have regrets. I had a new head Coach at Ajax. When I received the national team invitation, I came to Cameroon. I explained the situation to the then president of the Cameroon football federation, Tombi Aroko and he understood”:Onana stated.
The Nkol Ngok native had the obligation to impress coach Peter Bosz who arrived Ajax in May 2016 and unfortunately the AFCON camp opened in December that year and he didn’t attend the camp.
Reacting on the ongoing debate amongst Cameroonians about the goalkeeping rivalry between him and his cousin Andre insisted all coaches he worked with offered him a chance on merit.
“Looking at it with either Hugo Broos, or the era of Clarence Seedorf or António Conceição, I think I was given a chance on merit.
Andre Onana established as first choice keeper under Clarence Seedorf and replaced 2017 AFCON winner Ondoa in the 2019 AFCON keeping three clean sheets in a row before Cameroon’s elimination in the round of 16 against Nigeria.
The departure of Seedorf hasn’t changed much about his position as the La Masia graduate has featured in Cameroon’s last two games.
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