By Giovanni Wanneh
Sports Writer, kick442.com -Cameroon
23-year-old Cameroon international Andre Onana has beckoned his fellow African players subjected to the cruel act of racism not to leave the field, because it is what the so called racists want.
Speaking to Omasports television, the man who was seventh in the Lev Yashin award earlier this year said: “racism affects football a lot but doesn’t affect me. Before I was born, they had already been talking about racism.”
When asked of how his African peers should react when racially abused, the 2018 African best goalkeeper continued – “we have to play, not going out of the stadium because it is what they enjoy.”
“If I have to go out of the stadium, I will do so every two weeks because I hear something in every away game.”
On the back of a brilliant season that saw him winning a double with Ajax as well as he was a beaten semifinalist in the Champions League, Onana is hardly concerned about the perception of racism “let them talk, nothing is going to happen. I am black, and I am proud to be black.”
“Football is short, not everybody would play football and we don’t know what will happen next so just enjoy,” Onana ended.
“If I have to go out of the stadium, I will do so every two weeks because I hear something in every away game.” An example of storming out of the pitch is Kevin Prince- Boateng who left the field in 2013 in AC Milan’s friendly against Pro Patia.
Onana and co have completely disassociated themselves from this malpractice. In a league game against Heracles, the players stood still for an anti-racism protest across the Netherlands’ top two divisions. The protest came after Excelsior player Ahmad Mendes Moreira was subjected to a racist abuse by Den Bosch supporters. It came along with a message reading “Racism? Then we don’t play football” was displayed in the screen at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
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