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Liverpool's Matip mocked on Twitter for pulling out of AFCON title-winning side

Liverpool's Matip mocked on Twitter for pulling out of AFCON title-winning side

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Cameroonian defender, Joel Matip, who plies his club trade with English Premier League side, Liverpool has been receiving huge social media backlash after his country won the African Cup of Nations which ended in Gabon on Sunday (February(, 2017).

Matip was part of a group of seven others who pulled out of the Cameroon squad in the lead-up to the competition. All of them said their unavailability was because they preferred to concentrate on the club football than to represent their nation.

As it turned out, the team fired on without them and are now champions of Africa. Coach Hugo Broos in a statement reacting to the pullout said in a statement, “These players have put personal interest above those of the national team and the federation reserves the right to take action against the players in accordance with FIFA regulation.”

These players have put personal interest above those of the national team and the federation reserves the right to take action against the players in accordance with FIFA regulation.

Below are a series of tweets which targeted the Liverpool player in particular given that over the period that he stayed at Anfield, Liverpool had a bad run which he hardly participated in. His fellow teammate, Senegal’s Saido Mane captained his nation but they crushed out at the quarter-final stage on penalties to the eventual winners, Cameroon.

Even an official Liverpool twitter handle carried the story of how coach Hugo Broos mocked the players who refused to turn up for their country. Cameroon beat Egypt by two goals to one to lift their fifth AFCON trophy in the Gabonese capital, Libreville.

Joel Matip was joined by striker Eric Maxime Choupo-Moting of Schalke 04 in Germany – he was the last to suspend his availability.

The other six players in the boycott were, Andre Onana of Ajax Amsterdam, Guy Roland Ndy Assembe (Nancy), Allan Nyom (West-Bromwich-Albion), Maxime Poundje (Girondins-Bordeaux), Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa (Olympique-Marseille) and Ibrahim Amadou (Lille).

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