Heracles Almelo of Holland striker, Cyriel Olamide Dessers has described his maiden invitation to the Super Eagles as a very special development, which he admits he feels like he is in a dream and is still finding hard to believe, megasportsarena.com gathered.
He confessed that he was so excited hearing the news that his name had been included in the Eagles’ 24-player list to battle Sierra Leone home and away in forthcoming qualifiers for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, such that he even felt someone was playing a trick on him.
While recalling how he felt he was being pranked with the news, as many fans had already sent several messages to him and some even called him to congratulate him, the former FC Utrecht and NAC Breda hitman further revealed that even his Nigerian mother was surprised to hear the news of his call-up and she didn’t believe it at first.
The mulatto lad, who has a Belgian father and is the current leading scorer in the top-flight Dutch Eredivisie, with 15 goals from 25 games as well as three in the FA Cup (KNVB Beker), recalled how happy his mother was when she called her to break the news, which he says will now help him make his mark for Nigerian football as well as for his personal career in the game.
Dessers recounted: “I called my mother and she was really happy. A couple of hours later she called me because she could not believe it. I could not believe it either. I think I still do not realize it, I know I am called up, it is so huge I still cannot believe it. I still have to wake up. I received a lot of messages that I received the call-up.
“I grabbed my phone and took a look but I thought they were the same messages I saw earlier, then I saw a tweet from the Super Eagles. I checked if it was a verified account. I sent a message to the head coach, asking if it was real or not. It was for real which was an unbelievable feeling.
“My phone exploded with messages yesterday which is obviously a good thing. All messages are positive and people are really made up for me. They confirm my feeling and they know I worked hard for it for years, I worked hard for it, I know that
“It is really special for me because there are millions of people in Nigeria, it is really special they want me for their striker position. I know there are a lot of people in Nigeria who watch football streams and watch games of Heracles Almelo.
“You can watch the Premier League or Real Madrid and Barcelona, but they watch Heracles Almelo as well. This is a really special compliment for me and for the club. That is really nice, really special.”