Cameroon’s decision to snub Andre Onana for AFCON left the Manchester United keeper fuming.
After featuring for his club in a Premier League clash with Tottenham on Sunday, the Red Devils star promptly headed to John Lennon Airport in Liverpool, catching a flight to the Ivory Coast to join up with his national team.
Unable to land in Yamoussoukro, where Cameroon were beginning their Africa Cup of Nations campaign against Guinea, he did manage to complete a 5,000-mile journey three hours before the game started. Despite this effort, Onana found himself excluded from Rigobert Song’s matchday squad. Fabrice Ondoa assumed starting duties, while Devis Epassy and Simon Ngapandouetnbu took their places on the bench.
Former Liverpool and Senegal star El Hadji Diouf reportedly had to calm down Onana. The 27-year-old goalkeeper was said to have shouted towards Cameroon’s coaching team, expressing his frustration: “If I wasn’t going to play or make the team, then why did I come here on a private jet?”
A strained relationship with Song has been a challenge for Onana, resulting in his expulsion from the 2022 World Cup. Despite initially announcing international retirement, he reversed the decision to join AFCON plans in 2024.
Now, Onana, who has faced difficulties in form at Old Trafford, must persuade his head coach that he deserves to play against Senegal on Friday. In their opening game, another quest for continental glory held the Indomitable Lions to a 1-1 draw.