Inter goalkeeper Andre Onana has made the decision to leave the Cameroon national team.
The 26-year-old wrote in a post on his Instagram account that he has decided to no longer represent his national team, although he continues to fully support the team.
Onana had been at the World Cup in Qatar with Cameroon, where the Nerazzurri keeper started the Indomitable Lions’ first group stage match against Switzerland.
However, after that it was reported that tactical disagreements with coach Rigobert Song and other coaching staff led to Onana being dropped for the team’s second group stage match against Serbia.
Further controversy followed, as the 26-year-old was temporarily suspended by the Cameroonian FA.
Reports emerged that there was tension throughout the Cameroonian camp concerning Onana’s situation, with a number of figures in the team staff and the FA reportedly involved.
Now, the Inter keeper has announced that he will no longer represent his national team.
“I remember how I used to experience matches with the whole family, only Cameroonians can understand what it means to dream of playing for our national team one day,” Onana’s statement begins.
“So I began to dream of one day being able to wear the shirt of the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.”
“After endless hours of training, endless travels, and a lot of perseverance, I was able to proudly say that I realized my great dream.”
“Unfortunately, all stories, even the most beautiful ones, have an end,” Onana writes.
“And my story with the Cameroon national team is at the end,” his statement continues.
“Players come and go, names are ephemeral, but Cameroon goes forward regardless of everyone, staff and players.”
“In the same way, my love for the national team and for our fans who have always supported us, even in difficult times, is eternal,” Onana writes. “My feeling will never change.”
The goalkeeper goes on that “My Cameroonian heart will keep beating, and wherever I go I will always fight to bring my country as high as possible.”
“I will continue, as more than 27 million Cameroonians do every match, to support our team from the outside,” Onana stresses.
“I can only thank all those who trusted me and believed I could make a contribution to this team.”
He closes, “The nation above all and for everyone!”