Cameroon’s No 1 goalkeeper Andre Onana is REMOVED from their World Cup squad after a shouting match with his manager over goalkeeping STYLES – despite Samuel Eto’o stepping in to conduct peace talks
Goalkeeper Andre Onana has been sent home from Cameroon’s World Cup squad after having ‘a blazing row with manager Rigobert Song’.
The Inter Milan star’s removal is believed to have come after a shouting match with Song over the keeper’s style of play.
Marca 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.
Andre Onana left the Cameroon squad ahead of their World Cup draw against Serbia
It is believed to have come after a shouting match with manager Rigobert Song (right)
The coach had wanted Onana to play in a more conventional, risk-free, fashion and was unhappy with the way the keeper advanced off his line to start attacks from the back.
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.
Legendary striker Samuel Eto’o attempted to mediate peace talks but to no avail
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored one of three goals for Serbia past Devis Epassy (left) in a 3-3 draw
If Cameroon do go further, it looks like it will be without Onana between the sticks.
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.
The controversy is the latest involving Onana, who last year served a nine-month ban for breaching doping regulations.
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.
Onana played in Cameroon’s opener at the World Cup, the 1-0 defeat to Switzerland on Thursday