Article by GSP – Published Friday, November 25, 2022, 8:58 p.m. / Updated Friday, November 25, 2022, 8:58 p.m.
Gael Ondoua is a footballer with a special story. He was born in Yaounde, the capital of Cameroon, but grew up in Russia. He followed his father there, employed at the Cameroonian consulate in Moscow. The midfielder has dual citizenship. He would have wanted to perform for the first representative of the European state, but he waited in vain for the summons.
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Finally, the Lokomotiv Moscow footballer resigned and made his debut for Cameroon in March this year. Present at the World Championship, Ondoua attracted all eyes.
The Russian flag, on the grass at the World Championship
Gael Ondoua, currently under contract with Hannover, was introduced in the 68th minute of the Cameroon-Switzerland match, with the score 1-0 for the Europeans. Football fans noticed a striking detail. Two flags were printed on his boots, that of Cameroon and that of Russia, the national flag banned at the World Cup because of the war started by Vladimir Putin in Ukraine.
The boots worn by Ondua in the match against Switzerland
Gael Ondoua believes that the gesture was a natural one: “Why should I be afraid to go out on the field in boots with the Russian flag? It is my home, I grew up there and still live there now. I want to live there after I retire. I’m not afraid of anything. I feel like a free man. Cameroon and Russia are my home and that will never change.”
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