AFCON 2017 finals: Seven players decline call ups to Cameroon squad

Published on: 20 December 2016
AFCON 2017 finals: Seven players decline call ups to Cameroon squad

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos has confirmed seven players including Liverpool defender Joel Matip have rejected call ups to play at the Africa Cup of Nations next month. 

Broos said the withdrawal of Matip is down to his need to take some rest from international duty after 'a bad experience with previous staff'.

The defender has been a key part of Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool since joining this summer; he is a regular starter in the heart of the defence when fit. He also scored once in 12 Premier League appearances.

Broos added that André Onana (Ajax d’Amsterdam), Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy), Allan Nyom (West Bromwich), André Zambo Anguissa (Olympique Marseille), Ibrahim Amadou (Lille) - who have all been named in his provisional squad - turned down their call-up as they are worried they could  lose their place in the starting line-ups of their respective teams.

Bordeaux defender Maxime Poundje refused to play for the Indomitable Lions as the French-born player is eyeing a place at Les Blues instead.

Cameroon will play in Group A of the Nations Cup along with hosts Gabon, Burkina Faso and Guinea Bissau.


  • Jason
    says: 2 years ago
    Sounds like there is something we are not aware of in the Cameroon set-up with all these players refusing!
  • Transparent
    says: 2 years ago
    Playing this tournament in the middle of the league season is a stupid thing. Period. When this tournament started you did not have Africans playing in Europe as the case now.
  • Anokwale
    says: 2 years ago
    Wow!! Talk about unpatriotic...Time will tell if they are making the correct decision or not. We shall see what happens.