4 July 2017
Cyril Dessers has revealed details of his conversation with Super Eagles head coach, Gernot Rohr, which convinced him to opt for Nigeria instead of Beligum.
Dessers says Rohr told him in clear terms to pledge his allegiance to Nigeria, if he wants to challenge the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa and Olanrewaju Kayode, for a spot in the national team.
The 22-year-old accepted the German tactician’s challenge and has already voiced his preference for the Eagles.
“Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa are the two undisputed men in my position, not forgetting Olarewaju Kayode who plays for Austria Wien.
“After them there’s a spot. I did had contact with the coach some few weeks back and he advised me to take a step higher.
“Hence my move to Utrecht to prove myself worthy of selection for Nigeria,” he told Sports/Football Magazine.
“I will be happy to play for either Nigeria or Belgium, but playing for Belgium is a little bit complicated, as all the strikers in front of me above 30 years and might all leave in the next three years, I would have been patient for an opportunity, but that is not the case.
“The World Cup 2018 is around the corner. If I score 20 goals for Utrecht and one of the strikers missed out through injury, I might have a chance. I hope my dream of wearing the Nigeria shirt draws near in few months’ time.”