After making his debut for the National side in September 2016, Andre Onana was tipped to become the number 1 for Cameroon.
But when he was called on to duty for the AFCON competition some few months later, he preferred to remain at Ajax to seal his position which had been made available by the departure of Jasper Cillessen to Barcelona.
A decision which was considered by many as unpatriotic and unreasonable, one can clearly see the positive returns which he is benefitting from. Many criticized him and the other compatriots such as Joel Matip and Alain Nyom, because they all refused to play for Cameroon who went on to clinch the AFCON title. But as has been evident, a huge determining factor for goal keepers to be called up for National duty is their club performance. So it can be argued that, had he played for Cameroon and lost his starting position in Ajax, he could have possibly been snubbed during the next call.
Already considered better than most Ajax goalkeepers in terms of penalty saving and using his feet, Onana’s future is looking brighter than most would have imagined a couple of years ago.
He is now one step away, though with a tough match against Manchester United, to clinch European glory in the Europa Cup finals. With brilliant performances throughout the tournament, the 21 year old has been influential in his side’s road to the finals.
If family does matter in football, it can also be considered as a win-win for Onana and his cousin Ondoa who took his place in the national team and was very brilliant all through the competition.