FIFA World Cup 2022: Cameroon keeper Andre Onana suspended for ‘disciplinary reasons


Cameroon’s first-choice goalkeeper Andre Onana has been suspended due to disciplinary reasons, the country’s federation (FECAFOOT) said.


UPDATED: Nov 29, 2022 15:52 IST

FIFA World Cup: Cameroon keeper Andre Onana

FIFA World Cup: Cameroon keeper Andre Onana suspended for ‘disciplinary reasons’ (Reuters)

By India Today Web Desk: The Cameroon Football Federation have confirmed that senior goalkeeper Andre Onana, who has 34 caps for Cameroon, has been suspended for disciplinary reasons.

Onana was left out of the squad for their 3-3 draw with Serbia at the World Cup and marked as “absent” on the team sheet, with head coach Rigobert Song stating that he had to “put the team first ahead of an individual” following reports of a squabble over tactics. Cameroon is third in Group G with one point and must defeat Brazil in their final group game on Friday to advance to the round of 16.

“The Cameroon Football Federation hereby informs the public that following Mr. Rigobert Song Bahanag’s decision, head coach of the Indomitable Lions, the player Andre Onana has been temporarily suspended from the group for disciplinary reasons,” the statement said.

“The Cameroon Football Federation reiterates its full support to the head coach and his entire staff as they implement the federation’s policy aimed at preserving discipline, solidarity, complementarity and cohesion within the national team.

“FECAFOOT further reaffirms its commitment to create a peaceful atmosphere for the team and to provide them with adequate facilities for an outstanding performance.”

“He is a very important player but we are in a competition and my role is to put the team first ahead of an individual,” Song told a news conference amid reports of a falling out over tactics.

“He is one of the best keepers in Europe. This is not about his performances but you have to preserve the squad,” he added about the Inter Milan keeper.

“Maybe we needed a strong signal. It’s a big risk that I took. But I’m the dad of these kids so when I have to take risks and make decisions, I do that and I stand by what I do.”

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Nov 29, 2022



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