Andre Onana, goalkeeper for Manchester United, has discussed his return to international competition in front of the upcoming Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).
In December, following a dispute with Cameroon manager Rigobert Song that led to his dismissal from the World Cup roster, Onana declared his retirement. However, he will be playing against Burundi in Cameroon’s AFCON qualifier.
As Song put it, “it all depended on him” for Onana to come back. “He was well aware of the situation. For him to be included, he must have followed the rules. He is regarded as a top goalie.
We left the door open constantly. Andre was always a smooth operator. Now that he’s back with the gаng, everyone can finally rest easy. Possibly in response to Song’s remarks, Onana posted a photo of a flower to social media with the enigmatic statement “le mensonge donnes des fleurs mais pas de fruits,” which means “lying gives flowers but no fruits” in English.
And now Onana has stated that he came out of retirement because of his “unshakeable love and attachment to my homeland,” albeit acknowledging that the decision wasn’t made without some trepidation. “In the world of football, as in life, decisive moments arise that require crucial choices to be made,” he wrote in a lengthy social media post.
Injustice and deception have distinguished the struggles I’ve faced in recent months. But my unwavering loyalty to Cameroon and my love for its people remain unbroken. The ambition I’ve had since childhood to one day represent my country is integral to who I am.
Nothing or no one can make me change my mind about this. Knowing that my return is not just to honor my ambition but also to respond to the expectations and support of Cameroonians, who deserve a national team determined to shine, I answer my nation’s call with unbreakable certainty.Despite being subjected to manipulation, deceit, and misuse of power, I will continue to proudly represent a country that merits our undivided loyalty. The time has come for us to pull together and do what’s best for Cameroon as a whole. I applaud the efforts of the government to improve life in Cameroon for everyone.
My heart goes out to the people of Cameroon; I am eternally grateful for their unwavering loyalty, and I can’t wait to return home to visit. Time, the ultimate arbiter of right and wrong, will ultimately shed light on our deeds and prove their justness. My loyalty to Cameroon is unwavering, and I intend to do what I can to help the country thrive.
However, if Cameroon is able to qualify for AFCON, Onana would miss as many as six Premier League games this season due to international duty. Therefore, United’s new No. 2, Altay Bayindir, may play a significant role in the coming year.