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Cameroon coach Rigobert Music has suspended Andre Onana from his squad after saying the goalkeeper requested to not play their second World Cup group match amid experiences of a falling out between the pair in Qatar.
Inter Milan keeper Onana began for the Indomitable Lions of their Group G opener in opposition to Switzerland, a 1-0 defeat, however he was changed by Devis Epassy for Monday’s 3-3 draw in opposition to Serbia.
He was not listed among the many substitutes.
In a press release, Cameroon’s soccer federation (Fecafoot) mentioned that “following Music’s choice, Onana has been briefly suspended from the group for disciplinary causes.”
Now led by former team-mate Samuel Eto’o, Fecafoot expressed “its full assist” for the coach, 46, as he applied coverage “aimed toward preserving self-discipline, solidarity, complementarity and cohesion with the nationwide staff”.
Experiences of dissatisfaction with Music’s tactical nous have emerged from the Cameroon camp, with strategies the coach and goalkeeper have disagreed over Onana’s common venturing out of his field.
The previous Ajax Amsterdam star had extra touches (61), some removed from his penalty space, than some other goalkeeper on the World Cup in opposition to the Swiss, however his progressive method is seemingly at odds with Music’s.
“He is a vital participant, however we’re in a troublesome event,” mentioned the coach after the thrilling draw.
“I do know what I’ve to do, and that’s to make sure that the staff takes priority over any people.
“Andre wished to step out and we accepted that place. In a squad, self-discipline is essential.”
Onana began all of Cameroon’s video games this 12 months, having served a nine-month doping ban last year.
Requested by information company AFP whether or not he would begin Cameroon’s closing match, Onana’s alternative Devis Epassy mentioned “you may should ask the coach” and insisted there was no drawback within the camp.
Indomitable Lions ‘present DNA’ with Brazil check to return
Cameroon fought again from 3-1 right down to seize a degree and preserve alive their hopes of progressing to the final 16.
Substitute Vincent Aboubakar was pivotal of their comeback, beating the offside entice to drag a purpose again in gorgeous style with a scooped lob earlier than organising the equaliser three minutes later.
The end result additionally ended an undesirable document for Cameroon of eight consecutive defeats on the World Cup, a run stretching again to the 2002 event in Japan and South Korea.
“In these competitions you must present want for victory,” mentioned Aboubakar.
“My team-mates performed an awesome first half regardless of some small errors. We felt they [Serbia] had been shaky and a bit drained. Once I got here on, I attempted to benefit from it.
“[The] most essential [thing] is to offer the Cameroon individuals pleasure. What issues is the mindset and the collective spirit, and in that regard we performed an awesome sport.”
One level from two video games means the Central Africans must beat five-time champions Brazil of their closing group match on Friday (19:00 GMT) to have an opportunity of going by means of to the final 16.
Former Liverpool defender Music mentioned his aspect’s spirited second-half displaying in opposition to Serbia was ‘a part of our DNA as Cameroon footballers’ and thinks they’ll pull off an upset in opposition to the South Individuals.
“What was essential was to indicate that nice combating spirit and dedication,” the 46-year-old added.
“We reacted in addition to we may [at 3-1 down] to get again into the match. We’re progressing and enhancing.
“It’s doable to beat Brazil. We imagine in ourselves, we didn’t come right here to only undergo the motions. Cameroon nonetheless has a contribution to make to this event.”
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