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“I have a lot to say” in response to critics, shouts André Onana in AFCON rant



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André Onana has spoken out against his critics after the player failed to make Cameroon’s first AFCON fixture in time after playing for Manchester United.

André Onana‘s joining of AFCON has been a major talking point in the last few months, with the player being granted special dispensation to stay at Manchester United ahead of the tournament.

While many players departed for the tournament at the beginning of the month, Onana was given special permission to stay behind in order to play under Erik ten Hag against Wigan Athletic and Tottenham Hotspur before jetting off after the Spurs game to join Cameroon at AFCON on 14 January.

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Although there was a chance that he would be able to play on 15 January for Cameroon, his flight was cancelled, and he did not arrive in time as Cameroon drew 1-1 with Guinea.

Speaking after the game, Onana explained that he had “a lot to say” to those criticising him, but that he will keep his mouth shut out of respect for the competition.

“I have a lot to say, but I will not say it here because we are in competition,” Onana told Canal Plus.

“Let me continue to be criticised, I am used to it. 

‘I do what is good for my country. It’s like choosing between my father and my mother, but my country comes first; that’s why I’m here. We are together. We are here to win.”

Tempers then reportedly started to boil over, when Onana then shouted: “If I wasn’t going to play or make the team, then why did I come here on a private jet?”