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

Alioum Boukar succeeded Jacques Songo’o as first choice goalkeeper for the Indomitable Lions after the 1998 World Cup. He went on to gain a winners’ medal in the 2000 African Nations’ Cup where he was also voted best keeper of the tournament. Boukar will be forever remembered for his impressive performance for the Indomitable Lions at the 2002 African Cup of Nations where he went six games without conceding a goal and saved two penalties in the final shoot-out against Senegal to secure Cameroon’s second successive African title. 

Carlos Kameni

Carlos Kameni represented Cameroon at seven major international tournaments (five African Cup of Nations, two World Cups and one Olympics) and played in over 330 La Liga games for Espanyol and Málaga, winning the Copa del Rey in the 2005-06 season. Kameni found some success at international level too, a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics, African Cup of Nations triumph in 2006 and runner up in 2003 Confederations Cup finals. Kameni is simply another world-class goalkeeper in the long history of Cameroon international shot-stoppers. 

It’s clear that Onana is set for a big future in the game. There will be healthy competition from his talented cousin Fabrice Ondoa, only a year older, but Onana is already following the footsteps of his predecessors. Only time will tell how far he will get.