*Says he’s keen on learning Yoruba and the Nigerian culture


Super Eagles new invitee, Cyriel Dessers is excited about playing for his beloved country Nigeria and is already relishing a taste of her famous jollof rice.

25-year-old Dessers, who has banged in 15 goals in 24 appearances is the top scorer in the Dutch’s Eredivisie, told exclusively that he cherishes his ties with the country and is thrilled about the Super Eagles invite, as well as the opportunity to know more about his mother’s country.

“I have a close Nigerian family in the UK, and I have gotten to know the culture and the food for sure! I have tasted the typical spicy chicken with rice, stew and fish. Also, I have savoured the jollof rice,” an excited Dessers said.



Asked if he had any contact with his Nigerian family back home, Dessers revealed that his family actually comes from Okokomaiko in Lagos State.

“My family comes from Okokomaiko in Lagos, Okokomaiko though I’m yet to visit them there I always visited my close Nigerian family in the UK.

“I had planned to visit home before now but it didn’t work out when I became a professional player and my schedule was stacked. But I really look forward to seeing where my roots are and meet the people,” an enthused Dessers revealed to

Though he revealed that he only learnt a few Yoruba from his grandmother like ‘ekaro’ (Good Morning), Dessers said he was keen on devouring the language when he has the opportunity.

“I learnt a few Yoruba from my grandmother but I don’t understand a lot. I will also take advantage of the Google App to learn some more. Yes, I will study my Yoruba and Pidgin English,” Dessers concluded.

Regarded as a strong centre-forward and standing at a little over 6 feet tall, Dessers started his career at local Belgian side, OH Leuven but only made a solitary senior appearance against Mons in March 2014.

He then joined local rivals Lokeren at the start of the 2014/15 season, where he enjoyed regular football and scored seven goals in 40 appearances across two seasons.

Dessers crossed over to the Netherlands and joined second-tier club NAC Breda in the summer of 2016, helping the team to immediate promotion with 29 goals in 40 matches.

A spell at FC Utrecht led the towering player to Heracles and his 13 goals in 16 appearances have made him one of the lethal forwards in Europe.