World Football

Andre Onana comes out of international retirement to rejoin Cameroon national team

Ashmit SinhaAshmit Sinha

September 4 2023
Andre Onana Cameroon

The goalkeeper joined Manchester United from Inter Milan this transfer window

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has come out of international retirement and is set to rejoin the Cameroonian national team ahead of the upcoming international break.

Onana joined Manchester United from Inter Milan for an impressive fee of €55m for a goalkeeper in the recently concluded transfer window.

Onana had last featured for Cameroon in their first game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, he then wasn’t seen in the rest of the games and had flown home. After the tournament concluded, he announced his retirement from international football owing to disagreements in tactics with the national coach Rigobert Song.

In an Instagram post, Onana said. –

“In the world of football, as in life, decisive moments arise that require crucial choices to be made. In recent months, I have been confronted with trials marked by injustice and manipulation. Yet my unshakeable love and attachment to my homeland, Cameroon, remain intact.

“My desire to represent my country has never wavered since my youth, and this aspiration remains an inseparable part of my identity. Nothing and no one can shake this conviction. I answer my nation’s call with unshakeable certainty, aware that my return is not only to honour my dream, but also to respond to the expectations and support of Cameroonians, who deserve a national team determined to shine.

“In the face of manipulation, lies and abuse of power, I choose to remain true to my ideals, proudly representing a country that deserves our sincere commitment. Now is the time to unite, to work in harmony for our common good: Cameroon.

“I would like to salute the government, which is working hard to build a better Cameroon for all.

“My thoughts are with the people of Cameroon, to whom I offer my infinite thanks for their support, and whom I look forward to seeing again.

“Time, the infallible judge of all things, will eventually enlighten us and reveal the rightness of our actions. My commitment to Cameroon remains unwavering, and I am determined to play my part in seeing it prosper.”

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