Dessers’ll provide competition to make Osimhen better –Alloy Agu

•Insists Eagles strong enough to defeat any team

•Declares war on Sierra Leone


Super Eagles goalkeeper trainer Alloy Agu, has said the team’s attack line will become one of the fiercest with the inclusion of Cyriel Dessers as the Heracles Almelo player will complement star man Victor Osimhen.

Dessers has become one of the best strikers in Europe after he scored impressive 14 goals for his Dutch side which earned him a debut call up to the Nigerian national team.

Some pundits have posited that the striker is strong enough to compete for starting role with Osimhen who has become Eagles’ undisputed number one striker.

Osimhen has effectively replaced erstwhile striker Odion Ighalo who retired from the Super Eagles after the last African Cup of Nations in Egypt last year.

Agu, who was Eagles’ first choice goalkeeper for many years, insisted that Dessers had not come to the team as a rival to Osimhen but to complement the Lille striker.

“His (Dessers) inclusion is good news to the team; he is not coming to become a  rival with anybody but to make our team stronger. He’s a good striker; he has been doing well for his club and he has also shown strong interest in playing for Nigeria, which is good for us. Osimhen has also done very well for the team and having someone like Dessers to join the attack will make all other strikers better.

“The good thing is that everybody will continue to fight for shirts in the team and the technical crew is happy that we have several options in different positions,” he said.

Agu agreed with Enyeama who posited that the Eagles squad is strong enough to defeat any team in the world. The Senegal 1992 AFCON bronze medalist says apart from the immense talent their young players possess, they are exhibiting impressive mentality which is an essential ingredient a successful side needs.

“We have made tremendous progress as a team; you can notice that we have become stronger since the last AFCON. We have one of the youngest teams in the world and our talented players are also doing well at the various clubs.

“This is an exciting project and when the team finally peaks we will be able to show to the world that we can beat any team just  like the 1994 squad,” he added.

Super Eagles will on March 27 face Sierra Leone in an AFCON qualifying match at the  Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba and Agu said it was time for them to consolidate on their blistering start to the series.

Eagles opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Benin Republic before they secured another 4-2 win at Lesotho and could pick the AFCON 2021 ticket if they beat the Lone Stars home and away later in the month.

“It is not going to be an easy job but we are ready for the task. It is the determination of all African countries to participate at the Nations Cup but it is our desire to wrap up the qualifying series on time so that we can concentrate on other things.

“We have started the qualifiers well  and we are set to consolidate on our acheivements so far when we face Sierra Leone,” he said.

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