Hugo Broos, Cameroon’s manager, is trying to convince and is hopeful to lure Joel Matip, a Liverpool defender to return to Cameroon before the Africa Cup of Nations and the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers according to mirror.co.uk. Samuel Eto’o’s, Indomitable Lion’s former captain, ruling out himself out of the Russia World Cup 2018 qualifier urges Broos to lure Matip.
Matip has been outstanding when he joined Liverpool in the summer and Cameroon’s manager plans to negotiate a possible return ahead of the tournament.
Liverpool Echo reports that since 2015, Matip has not played for the Indomitable Lions and is currently committed to stay with the Reds instead of taking part in next month’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon.
On Tuesday, Matip returned training with Liverpool.
For Sunday’s visit of West Ham, the defender is returning to Jurgen Klopp’s side.
For the time being, Samuel Eto’o, former Chelsea striker, is not coming back to the Cameroonian team ahead of their World Cup qualifier in August 2017 against Nigeria, reports allnigeriasoccer.com.
After scoring 56 goals in 118 appearances for the Indomitable Lions in 2014, the four-time African Football of the Year ended his international career.
During an interview with Telefoot, Eto’o expressed his desire not to return to the team for the African Cup of Nations and World Cup qualifiers due to his age.
Eto’o said that he is a little old for the games and that there is a young generation even having same age as he who can play for the team.
Eto’o first played against Nigeria at the LG Cup in 1997 at Tunis before two appearances at the African Cup of Nations in 2000 and 2004. He is now 35.