Serie-A News: Onana paid the price for Cameroon’s “misunderstanding” – Inzaghi

    Inter head coach Simone Inzaghi explained Cameroon’s suspension of Andre Onana at the World Cup as a “misunderstanding”.

    The 26-year-old Nerazzurri goalkeeper was ruled out in his country’s second group game against Serbia before leaving Qatar ahead of the final game against Brazil.

    After the shock demotion, Onana issued a statement that Cameroon national team officials attributed to undisclosed “disciplinary reasons”.

    Reports said Onana’s omission came after disagreements with boss Rigobert Song over his style of play in a 1-0 loss to Switzerland, when he landed the most touches outside the box by a goalkeeper ever recorded in a World Cup match (26 ).

    Inzaghi has been talking to Onana since his departure and does not believe the situation affected him.

    “I talked to all the guys who participated in the World Cup,” he said. “We have four reached the quarterfinals.

    “Romelu Lukaku and Onana are out; they will arrive from Friday to Saturday and join the group. Physically, everything is in order, we are waiting.

    “There was a misunderstanding that he [Onana] paid, but I spoke to him and he is calm.

    “I can talk about what happened at Inter. He is a positive guy; when he needed to be on the bench, he stayed there, when he needed to play, he played.

    “On Friday he will be in Appiano and will start working with us.”

    Inzaghi also had his say on Lukaku, who had a torrid time as Belgium were eliminated in the group stage with a 0-0 draw against Croatia in their last game.

    The Inter striker was called up at half-time by Red Devils boss Roberto Martinez but conspired to miss out on many great opportunities to win the game for his team.

    “Obviously he was disappointed,” Inzaghi added. “This is the World Cup and he cares so much about his national team.

    “He played 45 minutes and he had three chances. If you have a chance, the attacker must remain calm.”

    Inter will return to Serie A on January 4 against Napoli, but before that they will play friendlies against Salzburg, Real Betis, Reggina and Sassuolo.

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