The Indomitable Lions coach says Joel and Marvin Matip do not wish to return to the national team.
Several defections were recorded for the next two matches of the Indomitable Lions in Limbe on September 3, 2016 against the Scorpions of Gambia, match for the AFCON 2017 and September 6 in a friendly game against the Panthers of Gabon.
For some, Hugo Broos wanted to rotate his squad after the qualification already acquired for Cameroon in the next AFCON. For others, they are no there because of injuries, and some even simply because they did not want to come. The Matip brothers are in the latter case. By publishing the list of 23 players summoned for the training course, the Belgian technician explained the reasons for the absences of Joel (25) and Mawin Matip (30), playing respectively in Liverpool and Ingolstadt.
“There are players who never wanted to come play these games. They have their reasons, but it also shows that if these people are not there, it’s a good thing. It means they do not have the necessary will. I refer in particular to the Matip brothers. For Joel Matip, I called him 15 times and I even sent him messages, but he never responded. Marvin Matip him, preferred to stay in the club, “revealed the coach.
The entourage of the players said they are disillusioned with the environment and sometimes poisonous atmosphere in and around the den. However, Broos does not close the door to the national team.
“The ball is in their court. If they want to come play with Cameroon, they should call me and say, ” I am ready ‘, “said the technician.
Amadou Ibrahim (23) is in the same situation. The young Lille midfielder who also has French nationality wants to take his time before deciding.
“I contacted Amadou of Lille. First, he said he had to talk with his family, then he said he had his injury. But I see he has already played two games with Lille (French Ligue 1, Ed). But he finds it is too early for him to come play with Cameroon, “said Hugo Broos.