By Angu Lesley
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Former Indomitable Lions head coach, Hugo Broos has revealed his one-time tried and trusted goalkeeper with Cameroon’s senior national team, Fabrice Ondoa has struggled at KV Ostende though emphasizing he is sure the 24-year-old will soon get a chance he will take.
Many are those Cameroonians who still think Fabrice Ondoa’s displays during the 2017 AFCON tournament in Gabon is one of the best in the last decade but these same Cameroonians have struggled to understand the keeper’s inability to make the first spot his own at club level.
The La Masia Academy graduate followed Hugo to KV Ostende in July 2018 after the Belgian gaffer lost his job as head coach of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon. Since then, many have speculated that the former Sevilla Athletico keeper will finally get a chance to be a regular not only because Cameroonians believe Ondoa is good but because he had the man who trusted him to good effect just a year earlier with the national team.
Coach Hugo has given kick442.com the reason Fabrice Ondoa has struggled at KV Ostende though emphasizing he is a good keeper and will be first choice soon.
“Fabrice wasn’t too involved as first choice keeper because he was sure to play. His behaviour was not professional enough to earn a chance to play. He thought because I was sports director at Ostende, he would be a guarantee starter. This attitude made him lose the battle against the other goalkeeper,” The 2017 AFCON winning coach told kick442.com.
Ondoa has played backup to 31-year-old Belgian keeper William Dutoit since arriving the club two years ago limiting him to just 20 appearances in all competitions in that time. William has not provided full assurance in goal either thus giving Ondoa a chance to fight for the first choice goalkeeping spot in the upcoming season.
Broos left the club early last year, but the Belgian gaffer still has his eyes on activities at the club and believes Ondoa will soon get between the sticks and stay there for the good of the club.
“I think he now knows what he has to do and I am sure he will play next season. I will try to see him and have a chat with him to give him more confidance. He is a really good goalkeeper,” the 68-year-old ex-JS Kabylie gaffer concluded.
Ondoa is no longer Cameroon’s first choice goalkeeper as his cousin Andre Onana claimed the spot in the build up to the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
With 41 caps for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, it is only a matter of time before the 2014 UEFA youth league winner as keeper of the tournament cements his place between the sticks as predicted by a gaffer Ondoa has had a rare chance of working with for both club and country.
Kick442.com will bring you more on the exclusive interview with the great Belgian coach today.
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