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 removed from the Cameroon squad
- It reportedly comes after a shouting match with manager Rigobert Song
- Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o orchestrated peace talks, but to no avail
- The keeper has been replaced by Devis Epassy for their match against Serbia
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Goalkeeper Andre Onana has been sent home from Cameroon’s World Cup squad after he reportedly had 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.
He has been replaced by Devis Epassy, who plays his club football for Abha in Saudi Arabia and has made just five international appearances, with the decision coming just hours before Cameroon’s crucial World Cup clash with Serbia in Group G.
Andre Onana has left the Cameroon squad ahead of their World Cup clash against Serbia
It is believed to have come after a shouting match with manager Riogbert Song
Legendary striker Samuel Eto’o attempted to mediate peace talks, but to no avail
The game is a vital one in Cameroon’s tournament, as a loss would leave them needing Switzerland to beat Brazil to have any chance of reaching the knockout stage.
Onana’s dismissal is believed to have come after an argument with manager Rigobert Song over the team’s tactics.
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.
Marca claim the argument came after Song shouted at the keeper during training for taking too many risks playing with his feet.
The coach wanted him to play in a more conventional fashion and was unhappy with the way the keeper advanced off his line.
It was decided soon after that Onana should leave the squad, and will not return during the tournament.
Devis Epassy is set to replace Onana in what will be just his sixth international start
Song and Onana are believed to have spoken after the tumultuous training session, and the keeper refused to change his style of play.
Onana’s dismissal means he will miss out on a reunion with his former Ajax teammate Dusan Tadic, who could be a key player in the game as he looks to feed Aleksandar Mitrovic.
The Cameroon keeper played with Tadic in Holland for four years before leaving for Inter Milan over the summer, where he has struggled to secure regular football.
Cameroon currently are currently trailing 2-1 in the vital Group G clash, and look as though they are on course for an early exit.
Their last group match will be a tricky encounter against Brazil on Friday.
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