Gael Ondua came out with the flag of Russia for the match Switzerland – Cameroon, interview, details, sanctions, Russian at the 2022 World Cup

“I feel like a free person.” Our player at the World Cup was not afraid to show the flag of Russia

Polina Kuimova

Polina Kuimova

Gael Ondua came out with the flag of Russia for the World Cup match

Ondua plays for Cameroon, but he does not forget about the second home either.

Gael Hondois is the only football player in the World Cup with a Russian passport. For a long time he was waiting for an invitation to the Russian national team, and in March he nevertheless accepted an offer from the Cameroonian federation. Ondua was called to his native team for a long time, but he decided to join it and compete for access to the World Cup only this year. Eight months have passed since then – during this time Gael was regularly called up for training camps, participated in games and now entered the field in Qatar.



Russian flag on the field of the World Cup in Qatar!  In fact, few noticed it.

Russian flag on the field of the World Cup in Qatar! In fact, few noticed it.

“The World Cup is the dream of any footballer,” said Ondua after the match with Switzerland (0-1). – There was excitement inside, because this is the peak of our work. I had some doubts, but I went on the field and it became easier. I have been working and striving for this for many years. If now fate has given me a chance to participate in the tournament, I can only thank God for it.”

Ondua entered the field in boots with the Russian and Cameroonian flags – a sign that Russia means a lot to him.

“Why should I be afraid to enter the field in boots with the Russian flag? Gael said. – Russia is my home. I grew up there. I live there. After my career I will live there. I’m not afraid of anything. I feel like a free person! Cameroon and Russia are my home. I will never give up on this.”

Gael Ondua

Gael Ondua

Photo: Maja Hitij – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images

There were talks that the Russian, who is now playing in the second Bundesliga, could go to one of the Russian clubs. It never came down to specifics – according to Ondua, he postponed all decisions until the end of the World Cup.

“From Russia there was indeed interest from big clubs, but for now all my thoughts are on the World Cup,” he added. – We’ll see after that. The dream of any football player is to play in a big status club. For this you need to work, work. Plow, as we say! I will be doing this. Let’s see how it will be after the World Cup.”

Ondua has someone to discuss Russia with: in the national team, he regularly talks with Samuel Eto’o – they have a lot of common topics.

“We are constantly discussing Russia with our legend, Samuel Eto’o! Both played in Anji, so there is always a topic for conversation with him. He has very good memories of Russia, he respects the country a lot,” Ondua shared.



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