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02nd Feb 2017

Everyone’s saying the same thing about Joel Matip after Cameroon reach the AFCON final

Oh what could have been.


Cameroon will face Egypt in the final of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Ghana 2-0 in their semi-final.

Michael Ngadeu-Ngadjui put Hugo Broos’ team ahead 20 minutes from time and Christian Bassogog secured victory with a late breakaway goal.

Their victory came 24 hours after Egypt – managed by Héctor Cúper – defeated Burkina Faso on penalties in Libreville to reach their first AFCON final since 2010

Ahead of the tournament, few expected the Indomitable Lions to make it this far, not least because they have done so without the service of a number of foreign-based players.

Premier League defenders Joël Matip and Allan Nyom and Schalke forward Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting were among those to refuse call-ups from Broos, preferring to serve their respective clubs.

And, as soon as the full-time whistle blew in Franceville, there were plenty of people willing to get their moment of schadenfreude.

Liverpool centre-back Matip, who made his first start of 2017 in the League Cup semi-final defeat against Southampton, was the subject of most of the mockery.

Not to worry, though. Matip still has the League Cup FA Cup Premier League title charge Merseyside Derby to play for.

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