Cyril Dessers Disappointed That He Can’t Represent Nigeria This Month
Cyril Dessers

Cyril Dessers Disappointed That He Can’t Represent Nigeria This Month

Felix Egbomuche

Felix Egbomuche

The Heracles Almelo goal poacher, Cyril Dessers, was expected to make his debut for Nigeria this month after he was handed a first call-up by the coach, Gernot Rohr, early this month.

Born in Belgium to a Nigerian mother and Belgian father, the Dutch Eredivisie top scorer opted to play for the Super Eagles after speaking with the coach and top officials of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF).

Dessers had agreed to play for the West Africans since December 2019 but he had to wait a couple of months before getting a call-up, as there were no international breaks in the first two months of 2020.

At the end of February, he completed his international switch from Belgium to Nigeria by getting a Nigerian passport ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) doubleheader against Seirra Leone and was one of the unsurprising names on Rohr's list.

The former Vitesse man was already preparing to travel to Asaba, where the first of both games was scheduled to hold but the Confederation of African Football (CAF) had to postpone the games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Now, the player has expressed his disappointment over the situation even though he accepts it was the right thing to do.

"Pooh, in the beginning it was mentally tough. I was excited, because that would have been the best moment of my career," Dessers told Dutch broadcaster, Nederlandse Omroep Stichting.

"But of course there are now much more important things going on for everyone. That debut could wait."

Meanwhile, the player, just like many other professionals, is keeping fit in his home gym in Apeldoorn, as he waits for the resumption of the Dutch Eredivisie.

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