Andre Onana’s 12 months by UEFA has been overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), which will see the player available for AFCON 2021 to begin in January next year in his home land.
The 25 year-old was tested positive for Furosemide, following an out-of-competition test in February this year.
As a result, European football governing body, UEFA banned the player for 12 months for doping violations.
But the player has always maintained that, he accidentally took the medicine, that was prescribed for his wife, and launched an appeal to the court of arbitration for sports (CAS).
Following the outcome of the hearing, the three person panel from CAS, who heard the appeal, found out that, UEFA’s decision to ban the player for 12 months was ‘disproportionate and excessive‘.
With the ban now at 9 months, the player will be available for competitive training, two months to the end of his ban, and will start training with his team again from September 3, 2021 and from November 3 2021, he will be available for selection onwards.
Onana now Available For both FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and AFCON.
Following the reduction of the ban, Andre Onana will now be available for Antonio Conceicao’s selections as from November 3 during the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers and will be available for AFCON selection, when the tournament begins in January next year.
Andre Onana has missed two calls ups so far for the indomitable: he missed the AFCON qualifiers in match and June international break which Cameroon played Nigeria in a two leg tie.
He is set to miss both the September and October FIFA windows.
Simon Omossola has been Cameroon’s best goalkeeper this past season and with the inactiveness of Fabrice Ondoa at club level, the AS Vita Club keeper is arguably the best option for Conceicao at the moment.
Arsenal Interest on the player Loading.
Arsenal have been eying the services of Andre Onana since January, but due to financial issues, the north London club could not sign the Cameroonian keeper.
Talks between the two parties have progressed in recent weeks, as the gunners are set to table a £7 million for the player, which could see the Dutch champions do business this summer.