By Olayinka Elebute
Newly invited Super Eagles player, Cyriel Dessers is happy to earn a call up to the Super Eagles declaring that he cannot “wait to dorn the green and white jersey of Nigeria.
The 25-year-old Heracles striker was one of 24 players called up by manager Gernot Rohr on Wednesday for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Sierra Leone later this month.
Although born in Leuven to a Belgian father, Dessers who is top scorer in the Dutch league qualifies to represent the Super Eagles through his Nigerian mother.
Dessers was convinced to switch allegiance to his mother land by Nigeria Football Federation NFF President Amaju Pinnick and quickly acquired a Nigerian passport in anticipation of being called up to the national side.
He will put the passport to use when he reports to camp in Nigeria on March 23rd for the first time.
“So honoured and proud. Can’t wait to wear the Green-White jersey and meet the team!” He wrote on Twitter.
Dessers has been in blazing form for his Dutch side this season and has scored a league 15 goals in 25 appearances.
The lanky forward who has 18 goals in 27 games in all competitions will joins an exciting youthful forward line that includes Lille striker, Victor Osimhen and the returning Leicester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho.
Nigeria will host Sierra Leone on 27 March in Asaba with the reverse fixture scheduled for the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown four days later.
The Super Eagles lead Group L after victories over Benin at home and Lesotho away in their opening two games.