FC Utrecht new signing Cyriel Dessers says he is willing to pledge his international future to Nigeria ahead of Belgium, Owngoalnigeria.com can exclusively reveal.
Dessers scored 29 goals and provided 13 assist last season for NAC Breda to fire them to promotion to the top league before moving to fellow top division side FC Utrecht.
His goal feat sparked an international tug of war between Nigeria and Belgium, as he qualifies for both nations thanks to his Nigerian mother Sophie and Flemish father Herwig.
He trained with the Belgium U-21 in 2015 but didn’t make his debut as he was an un-used substitute in their game against Moldova in the qualifiers for Euro 2015.
22 year old Dessers has however confirmed his willingness to dump Belgium for Nigeria, if he is called up by the coach of the senior national team of Nigeria Gernot Rohr.
” For now my concentration is on my new club FC Utrecht but if anything comes from the coach of Nigeria it would be nice. I have to be realistic, the competition in Belgium is very large with Romelu Lukaku, Micthy Bastshuayi, Divock Origi, Christian Benteke and now Dimata”, he said.
” They are still very young, around same age as me. In Nigeria there are top strikers as well but maybe there will be a spot for me in the team than in Belgium “.