AFCON 2023: Cameroon’s Onana trend after early goal concession in Senegal clash
Cameroon goalkeeper Andre Onana has found himself under heavy criticism on social media after his early goal concession against defending champions Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) on Friday, January 19.
The Manchester United shot-stopper was making his first appearance of the tournament after missing Cameroon’s opening group game due to arriving late to the team camp from England.
However, his return to the starting XI got off to a disastrous start.
Within 16 minutes, Cameroon was awarded a corner kick which met Senegalese forward Ismaila Sarr in the right place at the right time to
get to the rebound inside the box and
gleefully rifles the ball low inside the right post.
The goal rocked Cameroon and gave Senegal the early advantage, prompting a barrage of criticism directed at Onana on social media platforms.
Comments accused him of “bringing his drinking habits from Manchester United” and “conceding too quickly”.
The 27-year-old has struggled for form this season at club level with Manchester United, conceding 29 goals and keeping just six clean sheets in the 2022/23 campaign so far in 21 appearances.
His early mistake raised further doubts about his reliability in goal for the Indomitable Lions.
The game remains 1-1 at the of the first half and at the time of this publication.