“The competition is absurd” – Dessers optimistic about making Nigeria’s AFCON squad

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Peseiro has a lot of attacking options, but Dessers is positive that he could make the AFCON squad

Super Eagles striker Cyriel Dessers is optimistic that he will make Nigeria’s squad for the upcoming 2023 Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast, Soccernet reports.

Coach Jose Peseiro wants to guide Nigeria to a fourth AFCON crown in Ivory Coast in January next year, and he has the instruments to do it. Nigeria boast of some of the best legs on the continent, especially in the attacking department.

The Super Eagles have World beaters like Victor Osimhen and Victor Boniface, who have the Serie A and the Bundesliga on chokehold.

There are also other stars like Taiwo Awoniyi and Sadiq Umar, who could deliver the goods on their good day.

However, despite the quality attackers at Peseiro’s disposal, Dessers is looking to break into the fold. The Nigerian striker has not been part of the Super Eagles fold in the last few international breaks, but he is optimistic that he could get a spot when the final squad list is released in January.

“The last few times I was in the Nigeria pre-selection squad, but not in the final selection. If you look at the other strikers and the form that they are in, I can understand that, Dessers said per Daily Record.

“We have a few players competing to be the third or fourth striker and then it depends on form. The competition in Nigeria is absurd. I could have chosen to play for Belgium, but I am very happy with my choice.

Dessers has not impressed much since his transfer from Cremonese to Rangers in the summer. The 28-year-old striker has five goals in 20 appearances for the Gers.

If he wants to make it to the AFCON, he has to start banging in the goals aplenty for the former Scottish champions.