Andre Onana comes out of retirement for Cameroon return

Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana has come out of retirement to join up with the Cameroon national team.

Cameroon take on Burundi in their Africa Cup of Nations qualifier and like Onana will be involved.

The 27-year-old announced his retirement from international football last December after a fallout with head coach Rigobert Song.

It is believed Onana had doubts over returning when he was initially called up to the Cameroon squad, however, he has released a public statement explaining his decision to return.

Onana’s statement read: “In the world of football, just like in life, defining moments arise, requiring crucial choices. In recent months, I have been confronted with trials marked by injustice and manipulation. However, my unwavering love and attachment to my homeland, Cameroon, remains 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 respond to my nation’s call with unwavering certainty, aware that my return is not only to honour my dream, but also to respond to the expectation and support of Cameroonians, who deserve a national team determined to shine.

“Faced with manipulation, lies and abuse of power, I choose to remain faithful to my ideal, proudly representing a country that deserves our sincere commitment. This is the time to unite, to work in harmony for our common good: Cameroon.

“I would like to salute the government which is working tirelessly to build a better Cameroon for all.

“My deepest thoughts go to the Cameroonian people to whom I say thank you very much for their support and whom I look forward to seeing again.

“Time, the infallible judge of all things, will ultimately enlighten us and reveal the correctness of our actions. My commitment to Cameroon remains unwavering, and I am determined to play my part to see it prosper.

“So see you on September 12 in Garoua for our qualification for the next African Football Cup of Nations.”

Onana has not played for Cameroon since the opening game of the 2022 World Cup against Switzerland. After being left out of the second match against Serbia, he eventually flew home.

What matches will Onana miss during AFCON?

If Cameroon qualify for the AFCON, Onana could miss as many as four Premier League matches.

This will come as a slap in the face because United signed Onana thinking he would be available for the full season. He was a player who had thrown the towel in on international football and seemingly wanted to focus on being a success at Old Trafford.

United face Tottenham, Wolves, West Ham and Aston Villa during the duration of the AFCON.

I guess it will be a chance to see Altay Bayindir in action…

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