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International Friendlies: Dessers Eager To Face Algeria, Tunisia

International Friendlies: Dessers Eager To Face Algeria, Tunisia

Super Eagles new invitee Cyriel Dessers says he can not wait to face North African giants Algeria and Tunisia in the two friendly games lined up, Completesports.com reports.

The Eagles will face Algeria on Friday before taking on Tunisia three days later with both games coming up in Austria.

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Both games have been lined up as preparations for the Eagles ahead of next month’s 2021 AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone.

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And speaking ahead of the friendlies, Dessers, in a short video clip published on the NFF’s verified Twitter handle, said:”I’m really happy to be here, my first call-up to the Super Eagles, it’s a dream come true. I can’t wait to be on the pitch and play the games and also to meet the fans.”

Born in Belgium to a Belgian father and Nigerian mother, in December 2019 Dessers elected to represent Nigeria at international level.

On 4 March, 2020, Dessers was called up by the head coach Gernot Rohr as part of the team players invited for the African Cup of Nations qualifying fixtures against the Sierra leone.

However, he could not make his Eagles debut as the qualifiers were postponed following the outbreak of the coronavirus.

During his time with Heracles Almelo he emerged joint top scorer with 15 goals in the Dutch Eredivisie after the campaign was abandoned due to Covid-19.

And after just one season with Almelo, on 30 June 2020, he moved to KRC Genk on a four-year deal.

By James Agberebi 

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  • Cote d’Ivoire gave a flimsy excuse not to play Super Eagles because they had Belgium nocking at their door for a friendly match. NFF next time do your homework well before coming out to make announcements.

    • Haba, what’s nff fault here again. Some Nigerians just like to blame and criticise. Haba.

      • Haba! Criticism is a good thing those who seek to criticise you are not out to condemn you. Côte d’Ivoire will seek to play a friendly with Nigeria in the future. What I mean is they should have been more open with the NFF that they may play in Brussels on the 8th it’s not possible to play in Austria the next day.
        Either you like it or not the match against Algeria is an after thought.

        • @Abu,you have no point, none of this was NFF fault, the match has been sealed and agreed before Belgium came into the picture. NFF agreed with ivory coast request because they were able to secure Algeria match, on same day same venue, if not it won’t be smooth sailing for the Ivoriens.

          • I’m not sure you have true picture of what sealed and agreed means. The cost of hosting the will be shared between the two Nations as in the case of Ivoriens they simply went for a cheaper option by having their invited players fly straight to Brussels. I understand you don’t want NFF to be painted in a bad picture perhaps you work with the glass house perhaps not but in an efforts not for them to look stupid they sort for alternative hence Algeria.

  • We are also eager to see what you can do on the field of play.
    Behold, naija fans bad o! Na fail one ,fail all o!