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Onana quits Cameroon national team after World Cup dispute

Onana quits Cameroon national team after World Cup dispute
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Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana ended his career with the national team on Friday, one month after the 26-year-old player was sent home from the World Cup in a dispute with coach Rigobert Song.

The Inter Milan player posted a statement on his Twitter account saying « my story with the Cameroonian national team has come to an end. »

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« Players come and go, names are fleeting, but Cameroon comes before any person or player, » Onana wrote, without citing reasons for his decision. « Cameroon remains eternal and so does my love for the national team. »

The last of Onana’s 34 international games was the 1-0 loss to Switzerland on Nov. 24 at the World Cup in Qatar.

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Onana later released a statement referring to his disagreement with Song over team tactics that led to him being dropped for the next game, a 3-3 draw with Serbia.

« I have put all my efforts and energy into finding solutions to a situation that a footballer often experiences, but there has been no will on the other side, » Onana said then. « Some moments are difficult to assimilate. »

Song later said he needed all his players to « show discipline and respect. »

Cameroon went on to beat Brazil 1-0 in its final Group G game but did not advance to the round of 16.

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