Onana, N’Kono and Cameroon’s rich goalkeeping history

When you think of Cameroonian football, what do you picture? The most likely answers are Samuel Eto’o and Roger Milla’s exploits at the 1990 World Cup. However, what should be talked about more is the fact that Cameroon has produced more excellent goalkeepers than any other African country. 

The latest Cameroonian making waves in Europe is André Onana. The 24-year-old is currently playing for Amsterdam giants Ajax. The highly regarded Cameroon shot-stopper has starred the last four years in Amsterdam but has made it no secret that he is seeking a new challenge. Onana has attracted interest from across Europe, with Chelsea, Barcelona, Manchester United and Tottenham among the clubs linked with a move for him. He has won a number of awards over recent years, including being named Indomitable Lion of the Year (Cameroonian footballer of the year) and best African Goalkeeper in 2018. The next year he was included in the Eredivisie Team of the Year and CAF Team of the Year. He has kept 74 clean sheets across 178 matches in all competitions for Ajax. 

Yet Onana isn’t the first top-class country Cameroon has produced. Thomas N’Kono, Joseph-Antoine Bell, Jacques Songo’o, Alioum Boukar and Carlos Kameni are just some of the mammoth goalkeepers to hail from the West African nation. 

Click on the pages below to read about Cameroon’s best goalkeepers in history.