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Cameroon and Roger Milla still want to believe in a return of Joel Matip in selection. Especially since the Indomitable Lions will take part in the next World Cup in Qatar.
Qualified for the 2022 World Cup, Cameroon will want to show up with a strong and very competitive group in Qatar. And if Rigobert Song should renew his confidence in most of his players who helped Cameroon validate its ticket to the World Cup against Algeria, the coach of the Indomitable Lions will also want to strengthen his group with new arrivals.
In this sense, a possible return of Liverpool's central defender, Joel Matip, would be a good asset for the Cameroonian coach. It remains to be seen whether the player will adhere to this idea this time. In any case, the Reds defender has not played for Cameroon since the 2014 World Cup played in Brazil. And yet, it is not for lack of not having been called to the selection. He was even approached many times for his return to the den of the Indomitable Lions, in vain. For reasons that he has never expressed publicly, Joel Matip poses each time a categorical refusal to these invitations to the national team.
Thus, neither the Cameroonian Federation, nor other interventions, have managed to change his mind. Even Rigobert Song, the new coach of Cameroon, has not managed to convince him to return before the playoffs of the World Cup 2022.
Nevertheless, other good wills still want to try. This is the case of the former striker of the Indomitable Lions, Roger Milla. "I'm going to talk with the president of the Fécafoot. We will go to see Joel Matip so that he comes for the World Cup," said Roger Milla during the program Club d'Elites on Vision 4, also relayed by Camfoot.
Will he be sensitive to this umpteenth attempt? Nothing is less certain. As a reminder, Cameroon is housed in Group G with Brazil, Switzerland and Serbia. The five-time African champions reached the quarterfinals of the 1990 World Cup in Italy. The Indomitable Lions will face Switzerland in their first match on November 24.