The Matips reject calls to join Indomitable lions for the AFCON 2017 qualifiers against Gambia. The match, that holds at the Limbe Omnisport stadium on Saturday the third of September 2016, is not a zero sum game for Cameroon as she has already qualified for the the competition which will hold from January 14 to February 5, 2017.
The National Coach Hugo Broos, who was appointed in February 2016, has recently claimed that the 25-year-old Matip and his elder brother had ignored his calls for them to take part in this not-too-crucial encounter against Gambia. His strategy however, has been to revamp the national squad by making more use of our local and young players. Considering the youthfulness of the Matip brothers, this is surely the reason he found to include them in the squad.
However , as he said, “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, I called him 15 times and I even sent him messages but he never responded. Marvin preferred to stay with his club. The ball is in their court. If they want to come play with Cameroon they should call me and say: ‘I am ready’.”
While the Matips reject call, Hugo Broos has a huge task of cleansing the bad image which the National Team has created of itself. So whatever strategy he chooses to adopt, let him put this as his guiding principle. Although Matip has contributed enormously to the growth of the team proving his patriotism, it is good he runs it to the finish as other national heroes have done hitherto.
Good luck to the lions against tomorrow’s confrontation with the Republic of The Gambia.