Andre Onana to miss Cameroon’s AFCON opener and could skip tournament | Football

Andre Onana will not arrive in sufficient time for Cameroon’s opener (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United’s Andre Onana is set to miss Cameroon’s opening match at the African Cup of Nations and the goalkeeper could skip the entire tournament, according to reports.

Onana, United’s No.1 goalkeeper, was named in Cameroon’s 27-man squad for the tournament, which gets underway on January 13.

The 27-year-old was set to miss up to six games for United but the Red Devils reached an agreement with Cameroon that he wouldn’t depart until January 14.

That allowed Onana to feature in United’s 2-0 FA Cup win over Wigan Athletic on Monday and means he can also play in the clash against Tottenham on Sunday.

Onana felt it was possible to start in goal for Cameroon’s first AFCON group game against Guinea on January 15 – but iNews have reported the goalkeeper will not arrive in sufficient time for the match and could now be forced to miss out – and it remains a possibility that he may not play a single match at the tournament.

Should Cameroon suffer an exit in the group stage, Onana would be set to not miss a single minute for United, with their next match after Spurs set for January 24.

It is thought that Onana only agreed to be a part of the Cameroonian squad following pressure from the country’s president and that he still has a very frosty relationship with Cameroon FA president Samuel Eto’o.

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Andre Onana arrived at Man Utd this summer in a £47m deal (Picture: Getty)

Onana had retired from international duty last year following a fall out with manager Rigobert Song at the Qatar World Cup but returned in September.

United boss Erik ten Hag previously said he was relaxed over the possibility of losing Onana to AFCON, saying: ‘When he goes there, we have a strong group of keepers with Altay Bayindir and Tom Heaton so we are comfortable.

‘Of course, we hope Andre is available as much as possible, but if not we have two good keepers who can replace him.’


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