In an interview with the herald.com website this week, the former Indomitable Lions striker came back on the chances of Cameroon at the next African Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017. He also mentioned the subject Joel Matip, His cousin of Liverpool who refuses to return in selection.
“I think Carlos Kameni, Samuel Eto’o and Marvin Matip deserve to be on the final team. Carlos is fit and he is in my opinion the best Cameroonian keeper of the time. Marvin Matip is also very good in central defense. His experience as a captain of his team has greatly matured. Samuel Eto’o proved to him that he is still very prolific. His presence alone at the field may be enough to destabilize an opponent.
This statement is from the former indomitable Lions striker, Joseph Désiré Job, interviewed this week by our colleagues on The Herald.com. If he does not seem to be satisfied with the choices of coach Hugo Broos, the former striker of Olympique Lyonnais does not underestimate the chances of Cameroon for the next African Cup of Nations, Gabon 2017. Obviously, even a final victory of the Lions would hardly surprise him.
“It’s possible. When we won the AFCON in 2000, I assure you that no one was waiting for us. Egypt was on the roof of the world, as well as Senegal and Nigeria. Nevertheless, we were able to impose ourselves in spite of everything. This team can surprise if it is well framed, “he said.
“Well framed“, the expression is dropped. And it is especially heavy with meaning. “The problem in Cameroon is known. Footballers and coaches have been describing this situation for years. The administration interferes in Cameroonian football and injures the coaches and the footballers for reasons that I would not evoke here. The calamitous management of this team seriously impacts the performance of the players and the performance of the national team. It’s a shame, “he said.
It is this cacophony that was originally, according to him, the decision of his cousin Joel Matip to move away from the tricolor lair. “Joel has had a traumatic experience in Cameroon … In our time it was not rosy, but there was at least a frank agreement between us players. Joël, in addition to the management problems and the lack of professionalism of the governing bodies, lived from the clan wars set up to create the confusion between the players. For him, it was unheard of and unimaginable. He is a very calm person who internalises a lot. So, when he breaks the silence, it is because the drop of water overflowed the vase. All this is an explosive cocktail that ended up farting, “said the former number 21 of Cameroon.
He nevertheless assures that Joel did not definitively turned his back on the national team of Cameroon. “We had talked about it and it seemed to us that he was ready to come back and play for Cameroon. At the last minute, I confess to being surprised at his desire to stay. Perhaps the influence of his club that needs him now more than anything. In any case, it is his decision, I respect it. “