Cameroon and Napoli’s midfielder Andre Frank Zambo Anguissa, has insisted that his former National teammate Andre Onana, be allowed to have a calm head, as he’s not ready to return to the Cameroon National team.
Onana, who turned 27 on April 02nd, had called off time to his National team career, following his premature exit from the world cup.
The Inter Milan shot stopper featured in Cameroon’s 1-0 defeat to Switzerland during the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, but was left out of the squad in the indomitable lions 3-3 draw against Serbia and eventually left Qatar before Cameroon’s last group game against Brazil.
The former Ajax Amsterdam goalie later announced that his time with the indomitable lions was over, but insisted that he will watch and support the team like any other Cameroonian.
Since after Cameroon’s early exit from the world, many pundits and fans have been of the opinion that Onana should be convinced to return to the lions den.
Cameroon’s double header AFCON qualifiers against Namibia last month, came to add more evidence to those calling for his return, as the lions failed to lowly ranked Namibia and now facing a must win game against Burundi in September.
Zambo Anguissa featured in both games against Namibia, and was captain in the first leg draw in Yaounde, but has now insisted that Onana is still not ready to return.
“André Onana decided to resign from the national team. You can discuss this with him, but psychologically he is not ready to return,” Zambo Anguissa said on Talents d’Afrique on Canal+.
“He will not come back. We have got to allow the player have a calm head. The coach says the door is open to him. We know the quality he has and what he can bring to the national team,” Zambo added.
Indomitable lions head coach Rigobert Song, had said the doors of the National team are still open for Onana, but it seems the goalie won’t be returning anytime soon.
Onana is currently amongst the best ranked goalkeepers in Europe’s top five leagues and the UEFA champions league.
The Cameroon National team may have to make do with Devis Epassy, Simon Ngapandouetnbu, Omossola and co for a while.
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