Manchester United FC’s first-choice goal keeper, Andre Onana has reacted to his exclusion from the Cameroon’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opener against Guinea on Monday.
In an interview, the player admitted having a lot to say about it but reserved them to keep focus on winning the tournament.
United struck a deal with Cameroon to have Onana feature in their game against Tottenham Hotspurs on January 14 and then travel on the next flight to Ivory Coast for the tournament.
The shot-stopper missed Indomitable Lions’ first match which ended in a 1-1 draw. Head Coach of the Lions, Coach Rigobert Song at a presser justified Onana’s exclusion with his late arrival.
In an interview with Canal Plus, the goal keeper said, “I have a lot to say but I won’t say it here because we are in competition. The most important thing is sacred union. We are here to win the AFCON. I ask the supporters to support us in good times and bad. I am one of the leaders so I take my responsibilities and that is why I am here. I don’t want people to criticize the youngest.”
To his critics, he highlighted that his decision to join the team on the continental campaign was a testament to his patriotism for his country.
“Let people continue to criticize me, I’m used to it, I do what is good for my country. It’s like choosing between my father and my mother, but my country comes first, that’s why I’m here. We’re together.”