Manchester United star Andre Onana confirms return to international football to deliver January blow

Onana has not featured for his country since the opening group stage match of the Qatar World Cup where the African side lost 1-0 to Switzerland. After the game, it was understood the 27-year-old fell out with head coach Rigobert Song and was sent home.

Song cited a disciplinary breach as the reason for his decision. Cameroon went on to be knocked out of the tournament despite a victory over Brazil in their last match in Group G. Since then, Onana has not been picked for African Cup of Nations qualifiers or the international friendly with Mexico so far this year.

However in a statement on X, the &aposkeeper announced he had been called up for his country&aposs final qualifier against Burundi. Onana wrote: “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&aposs 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 Cameroon better and 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&aposs return to the Cameroon side means he could miss matches for United between January and February next year should they qualify for AFCON in the Ivory Coast.

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