Seven players decline Cameroon's call-up for African Nations Cup

Mohamed Mosselhi , Tuesday 20 Dec 2016,
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Joel Matip. (Reuters)

Liverpool defender Joel Matip is among seven players who refused a call up by Cameroon for the Africa Cup of Nations in January, coach Hugo Broos revealed on Tuesday.

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.

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