The goalkeeper missed their first game, a 1-1 draw against Guinea, after arriving late from England due to his decision to stay for Manchester United’s Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur on January 14.
He was unable to inspire a first win for the five-time African champions against Senegal, as they suffered a 3-1 defeat. Ismailla Sarr opened the scoring in the 16th minute before setting up Habib Diallo in the 71st minute.
Al-Nassr star Sadio Mane sealed the win for Senegal in stoppage time after Jean-Charles Castelletto had pulled one back for Cameroon seven minutes earlier.
During the game, Onana ventured deep into Senegal’s half after Cameroon were awarded a free-kick. He was seen speaking to the designated free-kick taker, Georges Nkoudou, before returning to his goal. However, Nkoudou’s effort went wide, resulting in a goal kick.
Onana was also criticized for Mane’s goal, as his attempt to save the shot lacked sufficient power, allowing the ball to roll into the bottom corner of the net.
With their current standing, the Indomitable Lions are at risk of being eliminated in the group stage. They face the Gambia next, needing a win and favorable results in other matches to advance.