The outsider in the Ajaxdoel

The Cameroon international André Onana (21) lost his fervour and wants to do everything to win, even the EL-final in Stockholm against Manchester United.


Actually belongs to André Onana, in July of 2015 by the people of Amsterdam press conference happened to Barcelona, to the surprises of the season. Because Ajax hired the more experienced Dutch international Tim Krul (29) of Newcastle. But the Kameroener from Jong Ajax grabbed his chance when it turned out that his main competitor continued to struggle with all kinds of injuries. ‘The most about goalkeeping is the duel: one on one,” commented the goalkeeper from a country with a fine tradition – ranging from Jacques Songo’o, Thomas Nkono, Carlos Kameni to his cousin Fabrice Ondoa – in the Dutch press.

Initially fell Onana on by his fervour and risky game. But under the guidance of coach Peter Bosz, who is counting on a meevoetballende goalie, he developed into a spectacular final item. Onana is now the epitome of stylish rescues, a beautiful staircase and the quality to last, to remain, if an attacker is on him afstormt. ‘The player is the boss, because he has the ball. The striker decided. Shoot or dribble? The keeper must wait, sometimes a very long time. Remain calm is the message. I am strong in my head. I would like to everything to win.’

Onana is from the village of Nkol Ngok, near the capital Yaoundé. The school of vedette Samuel Eto’o in Douala was on a three hour drive. Still closed Onana is there to. ‘The best of Cameroon. But on my fourteenth, I had only to Spain. Fantastic. Only: I spoke no Spanish and was young. In the beginning I cried a lot, but I was stronger. There I discovered my speed and composure.’

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