Germany-born Cameroon international Joel Matip says he wants to stay and help his club Liverpool fight for the English Premier League title this season, rather than joining the Indomitable Lions for the African Cup of Nations finals which kicks off next month in Gabon.
The big center-half has not played for Cameroon since their disastrous 2014 World Cup campaign due to what he sees as the disorganised way the team is run, but has become an integral part of a Liverpool side fighting for their first league triumph in 26 years.
It is not an easy decision but I want to concentrate on Liverpool. I want to be here. Matip, who joined Liverpool in the summer, told the club’s website.
I want to focus on Liverpool and that’s what I had to decide. I think I took the right decision.
Matip opted to play for Cameroon in March 2010 when he was 18. He has since won 27 caps and scored a goal for the four-time African champions.
Cameroon are looking for their first AFCON crown since they won their fourth in 2002. They have been drawn in Group A alongside hosts Gabon, Burkina Faso and Guinea-Bissau.