Andre Onana DROPPED for Cameroon against Serbia – for refusing to change his goalkeeping style

Andre Onana of Cameroon looks on during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group G match between Switzerland and Cameroon at Al Janoub Stadium on November 24, 2022 in Al Wakrah, Qatar.
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Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has been dropped from the second matchday fixture against Serbia after falling out with manager Rigobert Song.

Song is a legendary figure in Cameroonian football, having represented the Indomitable Lions at four World Cup tournaments – and having been sent off in two. The 2022 competition is the first time that every one of the African sides at the World Cup is managed by someone from that nation, incidentally. 

But Song has had a huge disagreement with Inter Milan stopper Onana, according to renowned Italian journalist, Fabrizio Romano (opens in new tab), who says that the pair have clashed over goalkeeping styles. 

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"Andre Onana has been removed from Cameroon’s squad," Romano revealed on Twitter this morning (opens in new tab). "Been told that the reason is a discussion with head coach as he insisted for different style of goalkeeping, more ‘traditional’".

This would suggest that Song was in fact the one who asked for a more "traditional" style of goalkeeping – perhaps playing the ball longer than looking to play out from the back. 

Onana is schooled in the modern style of building with short passes at the back, which he did under Erik ten Hag when he played at Ajax. Second-choice keeper Devis Epassy is a rookie in comparison: the French-born back-up represents Saudi Pro League club Abha at domestic level and has only played five times for Cameroon prior. 

Third-choice goalkeeper, Simon Ngapandouetnbu, is the youngest keeper in the entire competition and not only is he yet to be capped by the Indomitable Lions, he has never even played a senior league football match.

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Mark White
Staff Writer

Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. An encyclopedia of football shirts and boots knowledge – both past and present – Mark has also been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals for FFT and has written pieces for the mag ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career. He once saw Tyrone Mings at a petrol station in Bournemouth but felt far too short to ask for a photo.