Nigerian born Belgian soccer star, Cyriel Dessers, has begged for a chance with the Super Eagles of Nigeria and has even vowed to hop on the next plane to Nigeria if an invitation is handed to him.
The 24-years-old Dessers who plays for Heracles Almelo FC of Holland, according to Belgian football journalist, Peter Vandenbempt, is keen on representing the Nigeria national team rather than his country of birth, Belgium.
It is thought that Belgium manager Roberto Martinez is happy with his attacking options with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Michy Batshuayi, Divock Origi and Christian Benteke and does not consider the prolific goal poacher in his long term plans.
Regarding the chances of Dessers wearing a Nigeria shirt, Vandenbempt noted that there is also intense competition for places in the Super Eagles squad.
Vandenbempt was quoted in Voetbalnieuws making reference to Extra Time:
“He (Dessers) is very happy in the Netherlands and said that he might continue to live there. It is also interesting that he is a Belgian-Nigerian. He could therefore play for the national team of Nigeria. That is his distant dream, but the competition is reasonable big.”
Dessers has become one of the hottest properties in the Netherlands, scoring 61 goals and producing 25 assists in the last three years for his clubs.
Vandenbempt added: “He is still only 24 and a real striker. I called a Dutch colleague and he says that Dessers is really phenomenal. He has not only developed himself as a goal scorer, but also as a football player.”
Dessers whose father in Nigerian and mother a Belgian, has trained with Belgium’s U21 national team but failed to make his international debut in an U21 Euro qualifier against Moldova.