Cyriel Dessers, a Belgian professional footballer, who currently plays as a forward for FC Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie, has declared that he would bring more “goals” if handed an invitation to play for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.
Born to a Belgian dad and Nigerian mother, the FC Utrecht striker, who has never hidden his desire to play for the Super Eagles, disclosed in a chat with The Punch that his dream is to one day play for the three-time African champions; wear the “green and white jersey” while putting smiles on the faces of Nigerians.
See excerpts below:
The NFF has opened doors to players with Nigerian roots to play for the Super Eagles. Are you still considering playing for Nigeria or would prefer to bid your time for Belgium, where you were born?
It would be a big honour to play for Nigeria and it would be a no-brainer for me. I was born and grew up in Belgium, but when I look in the mirror or to my character, I can see that I’m Nigerian/African. My dream has always been to represent Nigeria, wear the green and white jersey and put smiles on the faces of Nigerians. Hopefully, one day that will happen.
What can you bring to the Eagles if you are invited?
Goals, that’s what I’m good at. There is so much quality in the Nigerian squad, but I hope to get a chance and then show how I can also contribute to the team.
Can you tell us about your connection to Nigeria?
My mother is Nigerian and I still have a lot of family members in Lagos. Nigerians are wonderful people.
How much of Nigeria do you know?
I know the country and what has been going on. I’ve not been there yet, but I want to go there as soon as possible.
You have a Belgian dad but you are so intent on playing for the Eagles. Did your mum convince you?
(Laughs) Not at all, like I said, it would be an honour. This is something I want and I would make both my mum and dad proud by achieving my dream playing for Nigeria.
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