Cyriel Dessers has obtained a Nigerian passport in the clearest hint yet that he is set to be a part of the Super Eagles squad for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double-header against Sierra Leone next month.
The 25-year-old Heracles striker who was born in Leuven to a Belgian father and a Nigerian mother was issued with the document on Tuesday according to a report on fcupdate.nl.
Obtaining Nigeria’s green passport confirms Dessers’ citizenship of the West African nation and makes travel to the country easy should he as expected receive his first Super Eagles call up when manager Gernot Rohr releases his list invitees.
The Eredivisie top-scorer decided to play for Nigeria rather than the country of his birth following a series of conversations with Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president Amaju Pinnick.
Pinnick also confirmed that the player had been cleared by world football-governing body FIFA to represent the Super Eagles.
The striker had never represented Belgium at any level although he was an unused substitute in a Euro U21 qualifier against Moldova in 2015.
Dessers has been in blazing form for his Dutch side having scored a league-leading 15 goals in 24 appearances and 18 goals in 27 games in all competitions.
His expected call up will add to a burgeoning Super Eagles attack that also includes red-hot Lille striker Victor Osimhen and Club Brugge’s Emmanuel Dennis.
The Super Eagles lead Group L after victories over Benin at home and Lesotho away in their opening two games.
They host bottom side, Sierra Leone, in a double-header in March, with the reverse fixture scheduled for the Siaka Stevens Stadium in Freetown.