Cyriel Dessers has expressed his disappointment after his highly anticipated debut for the Super Eagles was postponed due to the coronavirus.
His form in the Eredivisie earned him a maiden call for Nigeria’s doubleheader Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone, scoring 15 goals alongside Ajax’s Steven Berghuis to finish as the top scorer in the Dutch top-flight.
The two games were slated for March, but it had to be postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak that has affected activities worldwide.
Speaking in an interview with BBC, the 26-year-old revealed he was hurt when he heard the news as he was looking forward to it.
“It hurt me because I thought it was going to be one of the best moments of my life – or at least my career – and that it didn’t go through was really painful,” the Heracles striker told BBC Sport Africa.
Although Dessers is yet to meet the team, the former Utrecht striker hopes he’ll get a good reception from the players, and also adapt quickly.
“I know it’s a young team, a lot of players playing in Europe, so I think that the adaptation would be fine and I hope when I come into the team, they accept me.
There’ve been rumours that Dessers arrival will create a rivalry between him and Lille striker Victor Osimhen.
However, the Leuven born forward played down the competition, saying he’s looking to learn and support Osimhen.
“I am looking forward to seeing Victor Osimhen, I like to watch a lot of football and watch the strikers and I think he is a great striker, and I hope I can help him and support him.”