2019 Yachine Trophy: Cameroonian International Goalkeeper, Andre Onana on the list of ten

Cameroonian International and Ajax Amsterdam goalkeeper, Andre Onana has been nominated for the prestigious 2019 Ballon d’or Yachine Trophy. The award is dedicated to the best goalkeeper in the World.


The young celebrated goalkeeper is among ten other nominees for the inaugural “Yachine Trophy”. This is a new goalkeeper award introduced by France Football, organisers of the Ballon d’Or award .


The English Premier League dominates the inaugural “Yachine Trophy” shortlist, with four goalkeepers based in England’s top flight clubs.

Liverpool’s Alisson Becker, 2019 UEFA’s Goalkeeper of the Year joins Manchester City’s Ederson, Tottenham Hotspur captain, Hugo Loris and Chelsea’s Europa League winner, Kepa Arrizabalaga.

The others are Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer, Ajax’s Andre Onana, Juventus’ Wojciech Szczesny, Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak, Inter’s Samir Handanovic and Barcelona’s Marc-Andre yer Stegen.

Full list of nominees:
# Alisson (Liverpool/Brazil)
# Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich/Germany)
# Ederson (Manchester City/Brazil)
# Andre Onana (Ajax/Cameroon)
# Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus/Poland)
# Jan Oblak (Atletico Madrid/Slovenia)
# Kepa Arrizabalaga (Chelsea/Spain)
# Samir Handanovic (Inter Milan/Slovenia)
# Hugo Lloris (Tottenham/France)
# Marc-André ter Stegen (Barcelona/Germany).

Heavy weights like Manchester United’s David de Gea and Real Madrid’s Thibaut Courtois are absent due to difficult seasons.

Is there any chance for Cameroon’s Andre Onana?

The 23-year old Andre Onana is the youngest in the list of ten vying for the prestigious and pioneer “Yachine Trophy”.


The Cameroonian International goalkeeper has in a very short period, reached the semi-final level of the UEFA Champions League with his club Ajax of Amsterdam.

André Onana is a Goalkeeper who has appeared in 10 matches this season in the Eredivisie League, playing a total of 900 minutes.

The young player concedes an average of 0.7 goals for every 90 minutes that he is on the pitch. His Clean Sheets ratio is currently at 40%. That means, Onana has kept a Clean Sheet in 4 matches out of the 10.


He has not scored a goal so far this season in the league, which places him at 10th in the Ajax squad’s Top Scorers list.

2019/2020 Season Performance
# Eredivisie League
Matches Played – 33
Goals Conceded – 27
Strategic Saves – 15
Yellow cards – 3
Minutes played – 292’

# UEFA Champions League
Matches Played – 18
Goals conceded – 14
Strategic saves – 7
Yellow cards – 7
Minutes Played – 1620’

# KNVB Cup
Matches Played – 4
Goals conceded – 1
Strategic saves – 2
Minutes Played – 242

# International Friendlies
Matches Played – 1
Goals conceded – 1
Strategic saves – 3
Minutes Played – 90’

# Africa Cup of Nations
Matches Played – 4
Goals conceded – 3
Strategic saves – 3
Minutes Played – 360

In the most recent match statistics, Andre Onana has featured in a total of 60 games conceding 46 goals and registering a total of 27 key saves in a five thousand two hundred and thirty-three minutes of play.

Andre Onana has also registered five yellows cards already in the 2019/2020 football season.

To crown it all, Andre Onana is 2018 Indomitable Lion of the Year (Cameroonian footballer of the year), 2018 Best African Goalkeeper of the Year and the 2018–19 Eredivisie Team of the Year.

Understanding the Yachine Trophy

Named after former legendary Soviet Union star, Lev Yashin – the only goalkeeper ever to have won the Ballon d’Or back in 1963 – the new trophy from France Football gives recognition to the year’s best stopper.


France Football has also released the shortlists for their men and women’s Ballon d’Or awards and Kopa Trophy, for best player under the age of 21.

The awards are among the most coveted in football and stand alongside FIFA’s own “The Best” as the most prestigious of individual honours in the sports.

The high profile award ceremony will take place on December 2, 2019 in Paris, France.

Benly Anchunda

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