The compliment is from the coach of the French team, and it is directed to Fabrice Ondoa, the goalkeeper of the Cameroonian selection.
“We had a lot of scoring opportunities. But each time, we came across a very good goalkeeper, who multiplied the stops ”
Well deserved praise if based on parades performed rather than on the number of goals conceded (three) this May 30, 2016 in Nantes. “I’m pretty happy, Fabrice Ondoa said, after the defeat of the Indomitable Lions 3-2 against the Blues. Going home after taking three goals, we just said afterwards that we could not do better. Especially the third French goal, it is a stroke of a genius. “
Encouragement from Yohan Cabaye
If there had not been this master stroke from Dimitri Payet in the 90th minute, Fabrice Ondoa would’ve indeed held the hosts of the next European Championship (Euro 2016). The player trained at FC Barcelona upset the Blues most of the time during the match. Including Olivier Giroud (56th) with an outing in front of the French; Paul Pogba (60th) with a nice relaxing on a curling shot from the midfield; and Yohan Cabaye, frustrated twice from the exploits of Ondoa.
The midfielder also went and gave a hug to the boy at the final whistle. “He just told me that I was very good tonight and I had to go on like this,” smiles Fabrice Ondoa. He did not also perhaps go unnoticed by recruiters of French clubs. “I do not know if I gave ideas, but it would please me to stay playing here,” he slips.
A goalkeeper looking for a revival in the national team
In the national team, Fabrice Ondoa experienced a meteoric career start. Volker Finke, the previous coach had made him titular at 18-year old, in the qualifiers for the African Cup of Nations 2015. Positioned during the AFCON 2015, the native of Yaounde had then suffered from the departure of Finke.
With the staff change, Ondoa has seen the come back of the experienced Carlos Kameni (32-year) and Guy Rolland Ndy Assembe.
But Kameni did not respond to the summons for the France-Cameroon match. As for Ndy Assembe the lob he cashed against South Africa (2-2) in Limbe, in March 26, 2016, cost him points.
Three days later, Fabrice Ondoa was certainly back in the Lions den and realized a solid performance in Durban. “I think the coach has given me confidence, particularly in South Africa, he says in reference to the 0-0 result on 29 March. The result was quite positive. If I continue this momentum, I think he may perhaps continue to count on me. “
For the former Cameroonian star striker Roger Milla, Hugo Broos would in any case be wrong to not to use him: “For me it is a boy who has a future. He again proved tonight that he is one of the best goalkeepers in Cameroon and even Africa. We count on him for the next game. ” The Lions will play their qualification for the AFCON 2017 in Mauritania, this June 3, 2016.