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Dessers Says He Is “Honoured And Proud” To Get First Nigerian Call-Up

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The new Super Eagles invitee has gone on social media to share his delight after getting a maiden call-up to represent Nigeria.

Cyriel Dessers has taken to his Twitter page to reveal how 'proud and honoured' he is to be able to represent Nigeria on the international stage.

The Heracles Armelo striker, who is leading the race for top goalscorer in the Netherlands top-flight, was named among the 24-man squad which Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, plans to use in executing this month's African Cup of Nations qualifiers double-header against Sierra Leone.

Born in Belgium to a Nigerian mother and a Belgian father, Dessers opted to represent the West African country in December 2019 but had to wait till March for the next international break players roster to be announced.

The 25-year-old, who has spoken well about Nigeria, previously reacted to the news of his call-up with a tweet that read: "So honoured and proud. Can’t wait to wear the Green-White jersey and meet the team!" with a Nigerian flag and the '#naija' hashtag ending the tweet.

So far this season, the former FC Utrecht man has scored 18 goals and assisted a further 6 for his teammates in 28 appearances in all competitions. He is currently the top scorer of the Dutch Eredivisie with 15 goals.

Alongside Dessers, another foreign-born player of Nigerian descent, Kingsley Ehizibue, was handed his first call-up. Kingsley was born in Germany to Nigerian parents but he grew up in the Netherlands, the country which he presented at youth level before switching allegiance to the West Africans.

If either or both players feature in the games against Sierra Leone, they'll become cap-tied.

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