The Cameroonian defender of Liverpool (England) will no longer play for Cameroon. He said on 18 March in an interview with the British daily “The Times“.
“I tried to play and represent my country, to do my best and to achieve something, but the entourage was not favorable. I have always tried, I even talked with the former coach and he tried to change some things. I said ok, I’ll try again. I tried it over and over again, but at one point, it must be stopped. We can not continue to say, maybe next time, everything will be fine, “said the 25-year-old footballer.
Joel Matip said he was pleased that Cameroon won the African Cup of Nations on 5 February in Gabon, but that he would no longer play for his country. For this reason, he had been called upon to defend the colors of the country for which he had chosen to play a few years earlier, while his brother, Marvin, had preferred the German selection. An appeal he chose not to answer because of the malfunctions observed in the team’s management.
This refusal had earned a call to order from FIFA. The governing body forbade Liverpool from aligning Joel Matip, in accordance with the rules forbidding a player from playing matches for his club while his selection is competing. The ban was subsequently lifted. The young player had missed a game against Manchester United.
Joel Matip had his first selection in 2009, but delivered his first match with the Lions in March 2010 in Monaco, against Italy. Since then, he has made 26 appearances in the colors of Cameroon. The defender had already announced the end of his international career in September 2015.