Cyriel Dessers has reportedly been issued a Nigerian passport as he draws closer to representing the three-time African champions.
The Belgium-born striker, who has been in fine form for Heracles Armelo in the Dutch top flight this season, agreed to play for Nigeria last year and is in contention for next month’s qualifiers.
Dessers, who is born to a Belgian father and Nigerian mother, however, needs to get through some processes before he can represent Nigeria and one of those is getting his passport.
But according to reports by Dutch media outlet, ‘Het Belang van Limburg’, there is nothing standing between the 25-year-old and playing for the West African giants after he secured his Nigerian passport on Tuesday.
Dessers has not represented Belgium at any level, although he was an unused substitute in March 2015 when Belgium beat Moldova 2-1 in a European U-21 Championship qualifier.
Nigeria will play Sierra Leone in their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) doubleheader in March, and Dessers is expected to be included in the team list when Gernot Rohr announces his squad.
If the former KSC Lokeren and Oud-Heverlee Leuven starlet who has been involved in 24 goals (18 goals, 6 assists) in 27 appearances across all competitions this term plays a part in any of both games, he will not be able to represent Belgium internationally.