Heracles Almelo striker, Cyriel Dessert has admitted that he thought he was being pranked when he received the news he was being called up to represent Nigeria at the upcoming AFCON qualifiers against Sierra Leone as earlier reported by FrujuSports.
Few days before the squad list was officially released by the Nigeria Football Federation, several Super Eagles fans slid into his direct message to congratulate him on his his call-up to the national team.
“I received a lot of messages that I received the call-up, but I get those a lot in the last three days,” said Dessers to Heracles TV.
“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.”
Dessers revealed that his Nigerian mother was surprised to hear the news of his call-up and she didn’t believe it at first.
“I called my mother and she was really happy. A couple of hours later she called me again 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. If I’m in Nigeria, I think I will realize it. For now it is such a big news, I still have to wake up to that.
“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.”
Dessers is the top scoring player in the Dutch Eredivisie this season with 15 goals in 25 appearances.