Seven Cameroon players have turn down the chance of featuring for their country at the African Nations Cup which starts on Jan. 14
One of the star player is Joel Matip of Liverpool, who has made his intention known to his country coach Hugo Broos.
Hugo Broos in a Statement Said “These players have put personal interest above those of the national team and the federation reserves the right to take action against the players in accordance with FIFA regulations.”
The other six are Andre Onana (Ajax Amsterdam), Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy), Allan Nyom (West-Bromwich-Albion), Maxime Poundje (Girondins-Bordeaux), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Olympique-Marseille) and Ibrahim Amadou (Lille).
All the seven players had earlier this month been named in a preliminary list of 35 for the tournament, where Cameroon are drawn in Group A with the hosts, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau.
Matip Claim that he did not want to play for Cameroon due to a “bad experience” with the previous coaching staff, the statement said.
The German-born defender has not featured for Cameroon since the World Cup in Brazil but Broos, who took over in February, has twice been in england to see him in other to persuade him to return to the side.
However, Cameroon are to name the final 23-man squad for the tournament next week. possibly leaving out the seven players.