Cameroon star Andre Onana ‘sent home’ after ‘style’ row with manager Rigobert Song

Onana World Cup Credit: Alamy
Onana World Cup Credit: Alamy

Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has reportedly been sent home from the World Cup after a row over his style of play with manager Rigobert Song.

Onana, who started Cameroon’s 1-0 defeat to Switzerland was left out of Monday’s game against Serbia and the Evening Standard claim he’s now been told to leave the group.

It’s claimed Song wanted the Inter Milan star to play a more direct style and not take risks near his own goal which led to a row on the training ground and Onana’s dismissal from the group.

Back-up goalkeeper Devis Epassy played in Onana’s stead and conceded three in their second group game against Serbia on Monday.

The 3-3 draw means the African side will need to beat Brazil in their final group game to stand any chance of qualifying for the last 16.

Cameroon, beaten 1-0 by Switzerland in their opening match, served warning on the break in the 20th minute when Pierre Kunde’s shot forced Serbia goalkeeper Vanja Milinkovic-Savic into a low save.

The Africans then took the lead against the run of play when the unmarked Castelletto turned the ball home at the far post following a corner.

That sparked joyous scenes on the Cameroon bench as their replacements ran onto the pitch to celebrate, which resulted in a booking for substitute Christian Bassogog.

But with the clock ticking down in first-half added time, that joy turned to despair.

Pavlovic equalised with a towering header from Tadic’s free-kick and two minutes later Sergej Milinkovic-Savic fired low into the bottom corner to put Serbia ahead.

It got worse for Cameroon early in the second period when they were carved open by a sweeping Serbia counter-attack, with Mitrovic side-footing home.

But the game took another huge swing thanks to Aboubakar. His brilliant scooped finish stood after a VAR check and he then picked out the charging Choupo-Moting for an excellent equaliser.

Mitrovic’s low shot was saved by Epassy and Aboubakar was denied by Vanja Milinkovic-Savic as both sides had to settle for a share of the points.

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