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What is Man United’s fate without Onna?
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What is Man United’s fate without Onna?

By Mangek Promise

 

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has released a lengthy statement saying he will represent Cameroon once again.

 

It means that the 27-year-old could be absent for the Red Devils in January for the African Cup of Nations.

 

If Cameroon qualify for the tournament in Ivory Coast in January and February and reach the final stages, Onana could miss an extended number of games.

 

Manchester United have four Premier League matches against Tottenham, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa.

 

Onana could also miss the two-legged Carabao Cup semi-finals if the holders reach the last four again, as well as the fourth round of the FA Cup.

 

Onana, who has made four appearances for United since his summer move from Inter Milan, has featured 34 times for the Cameroon national team, with his debut coming in 2016.

 

He was named in their squad for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and featured in their opening defeat against Switzerland. However, the United star was sent home by manager Rigobert Song due to ‘disciplinary issues’ amid a disagreement with his tactics.

 

Onana announced his retirement from international football on 23 December but is now set to make a return to the Cameroon squad.

 

In a statement on Monday, he 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.” Cameroon hosted the last edition of the African Cup of Nations in 2022 but were knocked out by Egypt in the semi-finals. They are yet to qualify for next year’s tournament though but just need at least a draw against Burundi next Tuesday to do so.