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Samuel Lobé on André Onana: «We must show empathy, we must be humble and also respect hierarchy…»

If the former French international recognizes the qualities of André Onana as a high-level player, he does not approve of the behavior he displayed during the recent World Cup in Qatar.

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“One of the events that marked the 22nd edition of the World Cup of football held in Qatar from November 20 to December 18, 2022, is indeed the Onana affair. Against all odds, the 27-year-old goalkeeper who had just suffered a defeat against Switzerland in the group match (0-1) saw himself being ruled out of the Cameroon team’s second outing against Serbia.

After the departure of the lair of the goalkeeper of Inter Milan in Italy, he did not hesitate to slam the door definitively to the national team. His announcement of ending his career with the five-time African champions has not stopped causing a lot of ink and saliva. In this wave of controversies, Samuel Lobé, a former footballer who played with France from 1986 to 2001, did not hold back in expressing his feelings about it.

The least that can be retained from this star’s appearance on the “Talents d’Afrique” show is that the undeniable performance and talent of the former Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper should in no case trample on the cardinal values of solidarity, respect… that define this collective sport that is football.

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“I am very happy that he became the starter in place of Handanovič but I still have a grudge against the behavior he had at the World Cup, because he could have put Rigobert Song in a very difficult situation and I think he reacted well. I have no doubt about the player, he is a very good goalkeeper. But I remember the last AFCON he had won he was focused on his personal project with Ajax; he had refused to come for this AFCON and eventually he came back later. But it did not go well with Rigobert Song. And he communicates saying ‘I quit but I am in love with the selection and all these things,’ how to pass oneself as a victim when I do not know if he was the author but he was not free of any reproach in this affair. The goalkeeper, yes, a very great goalkeeper but we must in a collective sport be turned towards others. We must show empathy, we must be humble and also respect hierarchy. I do not know if he did all that,” he analyzed the situation.”

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