Joel Andre Matip sends out love to young Cameroonian football players.
Though it seemed like Matip had turned his back on his roots, the player clearly portrays that he turned his back only on the Indomitable Lions and never the entire nation.
The international defender auctions boots he used in 2018/2019 Champions League final with the principal objective of raising funds sufficient enough to finance a training program for former Cameroonian players and trainers so that they can get along with the exigencies of the profession nowadays.
Matip, 27, has represented Cameroon 27 times including 2014 Brazil World Cup.
He was selected on January 2017, was selected for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations by the then Cameroon coach Hugo Broos, but rejected the call-up. Since then all efforts to get him back into the Cameroon national team have been futile.
The Cameroonian football star made 22 league appearances last season for Liverpool and scored one goal which could’nt help Liverpool get the better of eventual title winners Manchester City.
Despite losing the league to Manchester City, in that highly contested two horse race, the Cameroon defender and Liverpool lifted the highly coveted UEFA Champions League trophy against Tottenham Hotspurs after a 2 nil win in Madrid.
It was Liverpool’s sixth Champions League trophy and Matip became the third Cameroonian to lift the trophy as a regular player after Geremi Njitap with Real Madrid, Samuel Eto’o with Barcelona and . He made eight appearances for Liverpool in their run to that victory, in a season that did not begin so well for him with early injury setbacks.
Matip might have turned his back on the national team of Cameroon but not on his country and compatriots. At just 27, there is still reason to hope that if management in and around the national team improves the seemingly slow but difficult to beat defender might have a rethink on his international career.
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