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Joel Matip, centre back who plays for Schalke 04 has declined Cameroon’s invitation for the Nations Cup qualifier matches.

Cameroon plays DR Congo on September 6 in Lubumbashi and four days later, Ivory Coast in Yaounde.

A statement from the Cameroon FA says, “Due to unforeseen and personal reasons Mr. Joel Matip has communicated to our federation his unavailability for the 2015 AFCON Morocco two upcoming qualifying games”.

Matip was part of the World Cup squad, where he played two matches, scoring a goal against Brazil and did not feature in the opening game against Mexico.

While the federation hopes Matip would honour future call-ups, Volker Finke has called new comer Nlate Ekongolo Brice of Olympic of Marseille in the waiting list as replacement.

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