Head coach of Cameroon, Clarence Seedorf, has admitted a struggle to get the services of Liverpool defender, Joel Matip.
The towering defender who was born in Germany's Bochum to a Cameroonian father, last made one appearance for the Indomitable Lions whilst struggling with injuries in 2015. Matip then refused to honour a call-up to Hugo Broos' AFCON 2017 side, a tournament which the West Africans went on to win.
"It's impossible to have contact with him. I did [send] a few messages. He never answered. I phoned him a few times. He never answered, so it's clear he doesn't want to play for Cameroon," the then coach Hugo Broos told BBC in 2017.
With Dutch coach Seedorf having joined the fold, attempts to recall the 27-year-old player have been confirmed.
"We've been speaking to Matip, Nkoulou and other players. Their absence in the national team is not down to us but them. We've been hunting for players and it's either they want to play for Cameroon now or they don't,” Seedorf told BBC Sport.
"We have shown lots of interest but it's a personal decision the players have taken and we respect it. We hope with time things will change,” concluded the coach.
Cameroon face Comoros in a 2019 AFCON qualifier this Saturday, 23 March.
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