Sunday May 31, 2020. 12:00
Cameroon international Andre Onana has revealed that he has repeatedly been a victim of the racism “scourge”.
However, Onana, who is on the books of Dutch champions Ajax Amsterdam, says he does not allow racism to bring him down.
The 24-year-old player has established himself as one of the best goalkeepers in the world having nominated for Goalkeeper of the Year at the 2019 FIFA Ballon d’Or awards.
“Yes of course [I have experienced racism]. Racism is my daily life, especially when we play outside with Ajax,” Onana said on Goal.
“I hear things, I see things… But luckily I decided in my life not to dwell on it. It will break me for nothing! This scourge exists in football and it is not ready to end.”
Cameroon has produced many great goalkeepers from Thomas Nkono, Joseph Antoine Bell to Alioum Boukar over the years.
Onana is now competing with KV Oostende goalkeeper Fabrice Ondoa for a place in the Cameroon starting line-up.
“Cameroon is truly a land blessed by goalkeepers… And I’m not the only one today feeling the weight of responsibility [of being Cameroon goalkeeper]. Fabrice is also aware of this,” Onana continued.
“Fabrice is first of all my cousin so this is the family! Then he and I followed the same training course at Fundesport and Barcelona/ Besides, Fabrice was holding my hand when I arrive in Barcelona a year after him.
“Finally, Fabrice Ondoa is older than me so I have to respect him [Ondoa was born in 1995 and Onana in 1996],” he added.
“Every time we talk, we always remember where we come from and we say that ‘today the country’s goals are kept by our family.”