Heracles Almelo in-form attacker, Cyriel Dessers has received his first international call-up by Nigeria.
Coach Gernot Rohr has named the fine frontman in his 24-man squad for this month’s qualifiers against Sierra Leone.
Born in Leuven Belgium from a Nigerian mother, Dessers is eligible to represent one of Africa’s football powerhouse.
Dessers will compete against the likes of Victor Osimhen, who scored in Nigeria’s opening matches, Kelechi Iheanacho of Leicester City and experienced striker Ahmed Musa for places in Rohr’s side.
Before his call-up, Dessers has trained with Belgium’s U21 national team. He was an unused substitute when they faced Moldova in a European U21 Championship qualifier five years ago.
The full list of Super Eagles 24-man Squad
Goalkeepers: Daniel Akpeyi (Kaizer Chiefs, South Africa); Ikechukwu Ezenwa (Heartland FC); Maduka Okoye (Fortuna Dusseldorf, Germany).
Defenders: Kenneth Omeruo (CD Leganes, Spain); Leon Balogun (Wigan Athletic, England); Chidozie Awaziem (CD Leganes, Spain); William Ekong (Udinese FC, Italy); Olaoluwa Aina (Torino FC, Italy); Jamilu Collins (SC Padeborn 07, Germany); Oluwasemilogo Ajayi (West Bromwich Albion, England); Kingsley Ehizibue (FC Koln, Germany).
Midfielders: Abdullahi Shehu (Bursaspor FC, Turkey); Etebo Oghenekaro (Getafe FC, Spain); Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City, England); Joseph Ayodele-Aribo (Glasgow Rangers, Scotland); Ramon Azeez (Granada FC, Spain).
Forwards: Ahmed Musa (Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia); Alexander Iwobi (Everton FC, England); Victor Osimhen (Lille OSC, France); Moses Simon (FC Nantes, France); Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal FC, Spain); Cyril Dessers (Heracles Almelo, The Netherlands); Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City, England); Samuel Kalu (Girondins Bordeaux, France).
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