Andre Onana: Ajax team-mates show support banned Cameroon keeper

0
30

By Matthew Kenyon BBC Africa Sport, The Netherlands

Dutch giants Ajax put on a powerful display of support for suspended team-mate Andre Onana on Wednesday.

The squad wore shirts bearing the banned keeper’s name and number before their 2-1 win over rivals PSV in the KNVB Cup quarter-final.

Ajax’s social media accounts made sure the message was publicised worldwide.

The Cameroon international has been suspended by Uefa for a year after failing an out-of-competition doping test.

Onana and Ajax have said they will take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Former Roma, Fulham and Everton keeper Maarten Stekelenburg took Onana’s place in goal, and the Cameroonian was in the stands to watch him.

TV pictures showed him giving a broad smile when the players walked out wearing his shirt.

The game was won for Ajax thanks to two goals from new striker, Ivory Coast international Sebastien Haller, who expressed the team’s solidarity with Onana.

“It is something really really difficult to accept as a football player, when people stop you playing football for one year,” he told Ajax’s own media channels.

“It is difficult for him, his family, for everyone around the club – so of course we will support him during this thing – and hopefully they will [reduce] the sanction.