By Victor Kanayo
After committing series of howlers against Manchester United in the UEFA Champions League, Cameroonian international Andre Onana is considering staying away from the Africa Cup of Nations.
The move according to reports, is for him to retain his number one choice goalkeeping spot in Manchester United.
He was meant to leave Old Trafford and team up with his country squad in January as they prepare for 2023 AFCON in Cote d’ivoire.
But report by The Sun suggest the shot-stopper might change his mind and continue at Carrington as he fears that he might slip down the pecking order with Turkish goalkeeper Altay Bayindir smacking his lips on the prospect of becoming the new No. 1 in his absence.
Reds Devils’ Unwanted Record
The Red Devils have now conceded 33 goals in all competitions this season after the first 20 matches which is their worst record since they shipped in 43 in the 1962-63 season.
However, the keeper will be eager to prove a point to his critics when United take on Newcastle on Saturday in the Premier League.
In A Fix?
If Cameroon reaches the final of the tournament, the 27-year-old could potentially miss six matches for United.
Onana had hung up his boots from international football midway through the 2022 World Cup after he fell out with Cameroon manager, Robert Song.
However, the duo has since put aside their differences and Onana even played an important role in the AFCON qualifiers under the aegis of the manager.