Joel Matip: Broos hopes defender will return for Cameroon

Joel Matip
Joel Matip was one of seven Cameroon players to say they did not want to play at the Nations Cup

Cameroon coach Hugo Broos wants Joel Matip to return to the national team after the Africa Cup of Nations.

Matip rejected the call-up to play in Gabon to focus on Liverpool instead.

"I hope he'll change his mind and we'll see him in the next game (after the Nations Cup) because he's a fantastic player," Broos told BBC Sport.

Fifa rules state a player may be blocked from featuring for his club if he refuses to play for his country but on Friday Matip was cleared to play.

Broos added: "I'm very happy that this problem is solved and he can play again for Liverpool and I hope, really I hope, that he's thinking again why shouldn't I play with Cameroon.

"I think everyone is free to make a decision and he made the decision not to come with us here for the Nations Cup.

"I respect his decision but I also think the Cameroon Federation had to do what it has done because they are the Fifa rules and it's too easy to say no, I don't come.

"But this problem is solved now, for me there is no problem anymore and I still hope, as I have done since I was coach of Cameroon, that he will come back and play with us again."

Matip has not played for Cameroon since 2015 and was not included in their final 23-man squad for the tournament.

Cameroon are top of Group A and need only a point from their last group match against hosts Gabon on Sunday to book their place in the quarter-finals.