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Joel Matip Set For Indomitable Lions Comeback

Joel Matip is set to be recalled to the Indomitable Lions fold ahead of 2022 World Cup play-off at home and away against Algeria.

The move come five years after the 30-year-old told The Times that he considered his international career with Cameroon to be over.

Ducor Sports understands that Matip was pushed out following a disagreement with the then Indomitable Lions technical bench led by coach Hugo Broos.

Thus current coach Rigobert Song is believed to have talked the England-based defender out of exile for the important game against the Fennec Foxes.

Matip is currently playing for English Premier League side Liverpool and is considered the centre-half best of his generation in Cameroon.

He was named in the team’s squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon, but he did not travel and it was only at this point in time that his retirement from international football was revealed.

However, the recent election of Samuel Eto’o as president of Cameroon’s Football Association and appointment of Rigobert Song makes a good avenue for his return.

Song is seeking to guide Cameroon to qualification to the FIFA World Cup for eighth appearance.

Cameroon and Algeria will face each other in a two-legged play-off tie for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The Indomitable Lions will host the Algerians in the first leg with the North Africans hosting second leg.

The aggregate winner between the two nations will automatically qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

Cameroon have never lost a competitive game against Algeria, winning six and drawing two of their previous meetings.

The Indomitable Lions only defeat against Algeria dates back to 1995 during the Belier Africa Tournament.



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