The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to welcome another ‘oyinbo’ player to the team after Holland-based Cyriel Dessers finally committed his future to Nigeria.
The Belgian-born forward says following discussions with the Nigeria Football Federation,we by its President, Amaju Pinnick, he is fully ready to make his bow for Nigeria.
“I have decided to fully commit myself to Nigeria and the Super Eagles after a series of discussions with the NFF, ” Dessers said, according to a post from the NFF official social media account on Thursday.
— The NFF 🇳🇬 (@thenff) December 5, 2019
The 24-year-old who plays in the Dutch Eredivisie for Heracles Almelo and currently leads the goals chart this season, added that he cannot wait to fulfil his dream of wearing Nigerian colour.
“I am going to work hard to be part of the team and fight for more success for the country, ” he added.
“I am a proud Nigerian, and can’t wait to fulfil my dream of wearing the green white green.”
Born to a Belgian father and Nigerian mother, Dessers first indicated his interest to play for the Super Eagles two years ago after scoring 29 goals to help Utrecht return to the Dutch first division.
“My dream has always been to represent Nigeria, wear the green and white jersey, ” he said last year, according to the Punch.
“(It) will be a big honour to play for Nigeria and it would be a no-brainer for me.”
Dessers has been in superb form this season in Holland, where he tops the chart with 11 goals, and was involved in nine goals in November alone.
He scored a hat-trick and assisted two more goals in a 6-1 win over VV Venlo, with two further goals and an assist against ADO Den Haag in a 4-0 win.
Cyriel Dessers is the first Almelo player to score 11 goals in his first 15 matches in the Eredivisie and was on Wednesday named as the league’s best player for the month for November.
— Cyriel Dessers (@CyrielDessers) December 4, 2019
He beat off competition from AZ left-back Owen Wijndal and Ajax-striker Quincy Promes, who came second and third respectively in the ranking determined by statistics.