Super Eagles List: Reason Why Dessers Was Left Out of Nigeria’s Squad by Finidi Surfaces, Report

Super Eagles List: Reason Why Dessers Was Left Out of Nigeria’s Squad by Finidi Surfaces, Report

Ero Samson
updated at May 29, 2024 at 11:06 AM
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  • Finidi George released his Super Eagles team for the fixtures against South Africa and Benin
  • The list featured absentees, including forward Cyriel Dessers and defender Kenneth Omeruo
  • A report detailing the reason behind Dessers' omission from the squad sheet has surfaced

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Cyriel Dessers was one of the notable names missing from Finidi George’s inaugural team list as coach of the Super Eagles.

The 29-year-old, who has been in stellar form throughout the 2023/24 season, was largely touted to be one of the first names on the Super Eagles roster, especially considering his brilliant form during the March international window.

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Cyriel Dessers goes down injured during the Scottish Cup final match between Celtic and Rangers at Hampden Park. Image: Craig Williamson.
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However, to the surprise of many, the forward, who has been involved in 22 goals and seven assists this season according to data courtesy of Fotmob, was omitted from the team sheet by the 53-year-old.

Nonetheless, a report detailing why Finidi may have excluded Dessers from his team list has surfaced.

Why Finidi omitted Dessers from Nigeria’s team list

According to a report courtesy of media outlet Score Nigeria, the Rangers forward has been dealing with recurring injuries through the final stretch of the season.

The report also details that the forward suffered an ankle blow in the Scottish Cup final against Celtic.

Dessers earned a recall to the Super Eagles in the March international window after missing out on the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) and marked his return in style with a goal against Ghana’s Black Stars.

The extent of the new injury suffered by Dessers is yet to be ascertained. The 29-year-old joins the list of players, including Nottingham Forest defender, Ola Aina, and Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen, who are also missing from the Super Eagles squad due to injuries.

Rohr banking on four Nigerians to defeat Super Eagles

Sports Brief in another report stated Benin Republic coach, Gernot Rohr, is relying on four Nigerians to help secure a victory against the Super Eagles.

The Franco-German tactician has assembled a 25-man squad, which includes three Nigerian players and a Nigerian assistant coach. Both West African neighbours are set to clash on June 10 in Ivory Coast.

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Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).