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Cyriel Dessers reveals chats with Iheanacho over penalty in Nigeria win against Ghana

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By Monsurah Olatunji

Cyriel Dessers shared insight into how he convinced Kelechi Iheanacho to allow him to take the penalty in Nigeria’s 2-1 victory over Ghana, marking the team’s first win against their rivals since 2006.

Despite Iheanacho being the designated penalty taker, Dessers, popularly known as “Seniorman,” expressed his desire to take the spot-kick and was granted permission by his teammate.

In a post-match interview, Dessers mentioned that he approached Iheanacho on the field and asked if he could take the penalty, to which Iheanacho replied affirmatively, demonstrating camaraderie within the team.

Scoring the opening goal from the penalty spot was significant for Dessers, representing not only personal achievement but also the opportunity to contribute to the Super Eagles’ victory against Ghana in a highly anticipated match.

Reflecting on the moment, Dessers expressed his confidence and satisfaction in successfully converting the penalty, ultimately helping Nigeria secure a crucial win over their long-time rivals.

“It’s a good victory for us,” the Rangers striker said after the match.
“I asked Kelechi if I could take it, and he said: ‘You can do it’. It’s special to take a penalty for the Super Eagles because it’s for a whole country, and in a special game against Ghana, you’ll definitely want to score.
“But I felt confident, and I could send the goalkeeper one way and score the penalty.”

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