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Cameroon Star Joel Matip Snubs AFCON For Liverpool Stay

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Cameroon coach Hugo Broos is pulling out all the stops to ensure Nigeria falls to the Indomitable Lions when the two teams clash next August as the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers resume. Nigeria sits pretty at the summit of group B of the qualifiers with six points from two games while Cameroon are second with two points from the same number of matches.

The Super Eagles will host the Indomitable Lions in the next group game and Cameroon coach Broos wants to close the gap between the two sides.

He has sent emissaries to England to help persuade Joel Matip to reconsider his retirement from the national side.

The former Schalke 04 defender, who now plays for Liverpool in the Premier League, quit the Cameroon set up in 2015 amidst controversies but Broos hopes the defender can change his mind in time for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations and subsequently the World Cup qualifiers.

Matip is a very experienced defender who was part of the Cameroon squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, and if he changes his mind, he is expected to help out a young Cameroon defensive line up.

The 25-year-old recently returned from injury after missing the 4-3 reversal at Bournemouth over the weekend but is expected to be fit for the EPL clash against West Ham on Sunday. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been reassured by the defender that he will not be competing at the upcoming African Nations Cup.

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