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Dessers Wins Europa Conference League Player Of The Week Award

Dessers Wins Europa Conference League Player Of The Week Award

Feyenoord Rotterdam forward Cyriel Dessers has scooped the UEFA Europa Conference League Player of the Week award, reports Completesports.com.

Dessers beat his teammate Luis Sinisterra , AS Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrini and Leicester City winger Ademola Lookman to the individual prize.

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The 27-year-old bagged a brace in Feyenoord’s 3-2 home win against Ligue 1 club Olympic Marseille in the first leg of their semi-final clash on Thursday night.

The striker is also the leading scorer in the competition this season with 10 goals.

“Cyriel Dessers’ two-goal performance wins him Player of the Week honours!,UEFA tweeted on Friday afternoon.

The Nigeria international also reflected on his performance after the game.

Read Also:Dessers, Lookman Nominated For Europa Conference League POTW Award

“Maybe I’m not such a bad striker after all, hey”, Dessers told Sporza.

“Ah, it’s a nice side effect, that’s all.”

“It went in all directions, but it was fantastic to play this match. As a child you dream of being able to play in full stadiums. The feeling of scoring in such matches is almost indescribable. And I do twice tonight, in an important semi-final against Olympique Marseille .”

“We have stayed true to our style and we have not collapsed, we have been doing it like that all season. We know that there is a high risk factor behind that, but it also pays off.

“We have been able to force Marseille to make mistakes. were not great, but you feel that that flash can come to them at any time,” concludes Dessers .

The striker is on loan at Feyenoord from Belgian Pro League outfit KRC Genk.

Arne Slot’s side have until June 1st to make the deal permanent.

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  • Chima E Samuels 9 months ago

    After Osihmen he’s the real deal!!! Only arm robbers will continue overlooking this Golden lad.

    • JimmyBall 9 months ago

      He seems more clinical than Osimhen. Osimhen is too much energy and power and often misses chances because he isn’t ice cold and calm… I won’t say Dessers is inferior to Osimhen… Osimhen still needs to improve massively on technique and cut out a lot hangover of street football haste…

      • Man, dessers is inferior to osimhen please, else clubs would be bidding 80mil for dessers and not osimhen, dessers is great, but please, never underrate a world beater,please

        • pompei 9 months ago

          The big clubs did not bid for Yekini either.

        • JimmyBall 9 months ago

          The bidding spike you are observing with Osimhen is becuase of the potential he can reach… still being relatively young at 23yrs.

  • That one is not new, Nwankwo of Kano pillars also won the best striker in NPFL so what’s up? Lol!
    First Naija to do this and his name will be up there in the history of UEFA conference league if he can hold on.

  • Olusegun.B. 9 months ago

    If anyone of those so called coaches truly have foresight indeed , Dessers is so legit as he’s been scoring in both the Dutch league and European competitions . After Oshimen , he’s the next guy .

  • Obinna 9 months ago

    Call the name of the Robbers rohr eguavoen and pinnick those are the evil three that has denied this fantastic guy national glory with the national team he Love may God disgrace them all

    • you all know Rohr was never among, it’s normal for a coach to drop underperforming player, back then Onuachu was on top of him.. dish it out to the people that hide the 40 list and released 28 and not Rohr.

      • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

        Thank you for this honest submission. Some people just want to rub their shame of failure off G.Rohr to find peace in their miserable lives. The same people castigated Rohr when he previously invited Dessers to the national team ahead of Onuachu when Dessers was not getting as much gametime and goals as Onuachu.

        Rohr duly penned Dessers in the provisional AFCON squad submitted to CAF as at November when Dessers was already settled in Feyenoord and finding some consistency to merit a re-call to the national team. It would have been a battle of who wants it most amongst the CFs when the pre-AFCON camping resumed.

        But the bunch of xenophobic rogues led by the apprentice cobbler that calls himself the Technical Director hid the list for their own selfish reasons. Never in recallable history of Nigerian football has provisional lists for a major tournament been hidden…except when Egua-failure and his band of hawks wanted to feed on the national team as they always do.

        Even Bosso who was just named U20 coach and having just 3 weeks to prepare for a tournament released a 40 man provisional list.

        But when crooks want to execute their sinister plans everything under the sun gets covered with a tarpaulin.

        The next thing we saw was a FINAL 28 MAN SQUADLIST with names that didn’t even make the provisional list, while names like Dessers, Akpoguma and Bassey were throw to the refuse bins…..all without an hour of camping.

        The excuse…..I dont know this person, I dont know that person, I have never watched that person play, I need to visit the other person before I invite him……LMAOoo…as if he was flying private jets every Saturdays and Sundays to go watch his Nwakali and Ndah play in huesca and soweto.

        Even when the opportunity came twice to replace unavailable CFs, Mr Nonsense Mr total failure preferred to replace Osimhen and Ighalo with Onyekuru (1 goal 1 assist all season) and “80 year old….sorry 18 year old Nassarawa Utd “youngster” Silas Nwankwo….for a tournament we could comfortably have taken 4-5 CFs without being queried.

  • Papafem 9 months ago

    This is the guy the then coach would have to travel to Holland for, watch and interact with before inviting him to the national team. He didn’t possibly have a tv at home or dstv sub to see the wonderful job he’s been doing in Europe. He also didn’t have a phone to call him and ask him what he would have asked without necessarily been in Rotterdam. Corruption will never allow them see well or do the right thing. Unfortunately, we the innocent fans, will always have to pay for this with our emotions. Hmmmmmmmm…it is well.

    • Golden Child 9 months ago

      I have come to the conclusion that Eguavoen is quite dishonest. To think he was considering bringing Silas Nwankwo ahead of this dude is just criminal. This why we crashed out of the world cup because God never backs injustice.

      In my opinion, i am growing increasingly unsettled with Egus at the helms of the Technical Director role. The country should not condone such depth of cluelessness but then this is Nigeria.

      We wait with abated breath for Yusuf’s list, hope he will show more insight and fairness. Dessers has earned a recall.

  • Glory 9 months ago

    Nigeria ummh, a country lead by people/so called elders that walk on their fat heads with small brain while thinking with thin legs in oversized shoes. What mere football fans like us saw years ago, a technical director needs to travel into the womb of Dessers mum to properly observe.Lolzzz efulefu football administrator administering nonsense.

    • pompei 9 months ago

      Football mal-administrators na em dem be.
      Yeye people!

    • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

      Hahahaha….Glory you don vex o….LMAOOo.

      Indeed….”What mere football fans see amd watch on TV every week, a technical director needs to travel into the womb of Dessers mum to properly observe”

      Techincal Director of Nonsense.

      Ask him to name the NPFL team of the month for last month, I can bet the Olodo TD wouldnt know.

      I still dont understand what he is technically directing in the NFF.

      • King S 9 months ago

        Egua-failure is still at the helms of NFF affairs because NFF itself does not have a technical direction

        • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

          My brother, NFF employing Eguavoen as TD was an evidence of a no-technical direction in the first place.

          How do you employ a person straight from relegating 3 teams as your technical director….LMAOooo…???

          Or was that not the same job Seyi Olofinjana rejected because the NFF executives interviewing him could not answer simple questions regarding what plans they had for Nigerian football…?

  • Damie 9 months ago

    Let’s leave the past and focus on what’s ahead. Call him up and maybe pair him with Osimhen. A 4:3:1:2 formation would suit us. That’s my thought sha. Up eagles

  • TALK UR OWN 9 months ago


  • pompei 9 months ago

    Those words speak volumes.
    Some of us were already convinced of his quality, even though his former club Genk, and his country dilly-dallied.
    For me, the few moments I saw of him in the Tunisia friendly was enough. He checked all the boxes for the kind of striker that will excel in SE colors.
    How Egua-SNAFU and company failed to see that is their burden to carry.
    Looking forward to seeing Dessers in the next list. But that is hoping, not a certainty.
    With his great form currently, and Lukaku and other Belgian forwards not doing so well, Dessers might as well wait for Belgium now. After all, Nigeria did not even make the world cup. It makes sense that Dessers will now treat Nigeria the way Nigeria treated him, by considering Nigeria only if Belgium does not come calling.
    How ironic it would be if Dessers eventually goes to the world cup with Belgium, and helps them to win the trophy!

    • Omo9ja 9 months ago

      Well, Oga Rohr should be blamed for this because if he gave Dessers couple of calls, Eguavoen had no choice than having Dessers in his squad.

      Belgium already in talks with Dessers but he preferred Nigeria to Belgium according to what I read somewhere today.

      Blame coach Eguavoen and Oga Rohr for for this. It is just a pity for both of the coaches. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!

      • pompei 9 months ago

        Is Rohr also to blame for Eguavoen’s 5-0-5 formation?

        • Omo9ja 9 months ago

          What is the difference between coach Eguavoen and Oga Rohr?

          In terms of coaching, both of the coaches not good enough to coach Super the Eagles period. God bless Nigeria!!!

          • pompei 9 months ago

            The difference is clear like 7-up ke!
            Difference yen fe clear pa ni?
            O ti clear ju!
            One qualified us for tournaments with games to spare, the other failed woefully to beat one of the poorest Ghana sides ever, and thus failed to qualify for the world cup.
            The difference is clear!

  • Yeah, Egu gave us flimsy excuse for not inviting Dessers and you can’t help but wonder who Dessers don offend. 9ja Na movie, smh.

  • OMG! innocent fans will always have to pay for this with our emotion. The cohorts wont be at peace too

  • chuxs 9 months ago

    All this noise about Dessers, there is nothing spectacular in his game. Go back and look at some of his goals, they either errors from the opponent. This is how we keep hyping them and they become a flop when they come to the National team.

    • Chief Sports 9 months ago

      Dessers has one job as a striker which is to score goals and he does exactly that. So stop making a nuisance out of yourself.

    • winsome Dude 9 months ago

      Agreed,most of the goals are not that is why he is not considered by top clubs.

      • Yes..agreed! Just like that Partie’s goal that wasn’t that spectacular stopped us from going to world cup.lol!

        • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

          No mind them…..Dessers must score a hat trick of bicycle kicks weekly to become spectacular….LMAOOoo

    • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

      Hahahaha….so if opponents get everything right all the time, how would strikers score goals…? You think every striker must be ‘gragra’ ‘bicycle kick’ striker before they can be called spectacular…?

      If scoring 1 goal every 96 minutes or contributing 1 goal every 72 minutes is not spectacular, i wonder what else is…?

      Spectacular or no spectacular his 18 goal and 6 assists this season despite mostly playing from the bench deserves a national team call up. PERIOD.

      If he now comes and flops, its his own business….but first things first….he is the most deserving Nigerian player of a SE call up at the moment.

      And its not just because of his goals…its his overall style of play. He brings something different (a static penalty box presence) that others struggle to interprete.

      Below are all his goals which you want to water-down as errors from opponents…..Classy typical traditional no 9 goals.


      • pompei 9 months ago

        Clinical striker.
        Welcome back to SE!

        • DiMastta 9 months ago

          Welcome to where?
          If brother like himself he should jump on the Belgian squad and go and answer his fatherland’s call for World Cup duties.

          Never Waste Your Time Where You Are Not Celebrated.

  • Glory 9 months ago

    Brodaman @ Drey, the thing tire me Ooo. I dey shame for most of the kind people parading themselves in top position in Nigeria. Their level too too weak when compared to their mates from much smaller countries in Africa not to even try mention Europe or America. How on earth Eguavoen will make such comment in this present age of technological advancements beats my imagination, that because of the respect I used to kuku get for am, I tried hard to keep quiet but just couldn’t keep quiet any more. The other time, na Amokachi, Fuludu,Paul Bassey, Odegbami, etc spitting out crass xenophobic nonsense. These people their level emmh, forget whatever money they get, belong to the remotest of rural village, definitely not in a society of civilized people. Na only Dessers mum’s womb internet connection no fit reach Ooo. So na only there make sense for Eguavoen not to know much about Dessers as far as I am concerned.
    Yeye just full everywhere. Looking at the faces of these lots can easily cause some serious depression instead of hope.shuooo.

    • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

      Hahahaha…if the technical director of the Nigerian football federation does not know much about the most clinical Nigerian striker on earth currently, then I give up for Nigerian football…..LMAOooo

      Yeye technical director.

      Assemble home-based team for friendly match, he depended on Agents, friends and cronies and even called up league players who were even injured and had not played for their clubs in months.

      Pick 28 man AFCON squad from 40 man provisional list he ignored players in the 40 man list because he has not gone to watch them play in their clubs, but listed players who have never come as close as the gates of SE camp playing in even more inferior clubs/leagues.

      The worst thing that will happen to Nigerian football going forward is to retain Egua-failure as TD of the FA. Or is it this same eguavoen that will be vetting list of national team call-ups by the next coach, when he himself needs to go and watch players in their clubs to know them…..LMAOooo.

      He claimed G.Rohr does not listen to his advise as his excuse for supporting Rohr’s sack….now we know why Rohr wasnt not depending on him for advice….LMAOooo.

      Hopefully next time, its Eguavoen that should sit his ass down and listen when Rohr talks.

      • OmoEsan 9 months ago

        @ Dr Drey, you will notice I hardly make comments here since Rohr was sacked by Dare and his cohorts. I lost interest in Nigerian football when we failed to qualify for two consecutive AFCONS (and three out of four AFCONS) but my interest was rekindled with Rohr’s performance. As at now I have lost interest again until further notice.

        No disrespect meant, but I have never seen Eguavoen display any level of intelligence since I have known him as player and as coach.

        An U17 coach that had the likes of Mikel Obi, Chinedu Obasi, Ezekiel Bala and Emmanuel Sarki in his team, but still failed to get his team past the first round of the U17 world cup in 2003, the same world cup that other Nigerian coaches have won 3 times since then (and twice in the MRI era)?

        I practically lost any iota of respect I have for Eguavoen due to the shambolic manner he handled the U-23 team in 2011/ 2012. I was shocked at the time when Eguavoen told the press he was being frustrated by the non release of players in Europe for him to prosecute U-23 AFCON. Hiw could Eguavoen had expected the likes of Ahmed Musa, Lukman Haruna, Anthony Ujah, Nosa Igiebor, Nnamdi Oduamadi et al to be released for that tournament at a period they were starters in their clubsides while league matches were on all over Europe. Did he need anyone to tell him to gather home based players and start preparing them ahead? He kept on giving silly excuses until what would have been one of our best performances at the Olympic games was scuttled.

        So I am not surprised at his utterances about needing to catch a train to go watch Dessers play before inviting him. With his UEFA Coaching cert, he knows no other approach to the game except the 4-4-2 they played 28 years ago.

        It beats my imagination that a Pinnick led NFF could hire such a man as their tech director. The man is simply unintelligent and this shows the level of importance the NFF places on the tech director role.

        I love the question Seyi Olofinjana put across to them. He exposed them badly, no vision, no direction.

        Enough said Joor.

        • Dr. Drey 9 months ago

          Hahahaha omoeasn,

          According to Seyi

          “It was difficult , but at the same time, easy (to reject the job),” Olofinjana told BBC Sport Africa.

          I think the federation made it a little bit easier for me to make that judgement call. There were certain questions I asked of the federation that they weren’t able to answer.

          “What needs doing? Where do they think we are as a nation? Where do we need to get to? How quickly do we need to get to those places?

          “I didn’t get answers to those questions and that is the day-to-day job for me. If there’s no clarity, there’s no going forward”.
          Interviewee Olofinjana turned interviewer of clueless NFF officials. And since they could not pass his interview he told them to keep their TD job.

          Can anyone imagine those simple questions above……NFF executives couldnt answer them. Those are basic strategic direction questions even line managers, and mid-level managers in companies can answer about their companies….not to talk of the executives. Of course you earn your way up the ladder in the corporate world…..not by flashing some “ex-international, ex-this, ex-that card”….unlike in Nigerian football were being ex-international qualifies you for everything in the NFF….even to perform a heart surgery or to design a 90,000 capacity stadium.

          That is the job the clueless Xenophobe Mr “i must go and watch dessers live” gladly took up. I guess he must have passed the interview with “flying colours” to get the job. Cluelessness always attracts cluelessness.

          The glutton had an eye on G. Rohr’s job. I hope he enjoyed it while it lasted, and i also hope he made enough money from taking his nwakali and Ndah (both of whom he was going to watch in their clubs every weekend) to AFCON to market them.

          If we know what we are doing as a nation, a man who regurgitated an antiquated tactic and wouldnt even change it when starred with failure (only to come out and tell us he cannot change his tactics in the middle of a tournament) shouldn’t be the technical director of our FA.

          Part of the job of the TD is the training of local coaches…..Eguavoen training our local coaches will be the final nail in the coffin of our football. He will train them on his 5-0-5 tactics he resorted to after a player had to call his attention to the fact that Ghana had changed formation……LMAOOooo

  • Footballfanatic 9 months ago

    This guy has predatory instincts that is lacking in most of our current strikers…. I really hope he rejects Nigeria and plays for Belgium. We deserve to be taught a lesson. Not knocking Sadiq Umar but tell me why this guy should not have made the squad ahead of Sadiq who even plays in division 2………Eguavoen is a disgrace and enough of these 1994 set of people they feel too entitled, it’s about time we stop thinking they are some demigods of soccer…..Most of them might have been great and skillful players but it is glaring that they are intellectually bankrupt.

  • Omo9ja 9 months ago

    I saw this coming way back and I am not surprised Dessers news is every where on social media.

    The situation of Dessers is an example of Nigeria situation.

    The bad people are the one ruling the 9ja while the good ones have no chance to represent Nigeria.

    Who should we blame for Dessers inability to represent Nigeria between Oga Rohr, Amaju Pinnick and Mr. Eguavoen?

    At first, let look at this this way. Who is in control of Nigerian sports? Amaju Pinnick of course.

    Who hired Oga Rohr and coach Eguavoen? Absolutely Amaju Pinnick.

    However, according to the former German tactician, he said he was notified during a game in the last world cup not to sub Musa or so from Oga in the top and the gaffer did just that to satisfied his boss.

    We shouldn’t forget that Amaju went to begged Ighalo this made Mr. Eguavoen to turn his back to Dessers.

    After that scenario, He knew that half Dessers is better than Ighalo and other strikers we are having in the Super Eagles at the moment still yet, he gave Dessers less than 20 minutes to play against Tunisia and Kolawole did so well in that match and since then, the gaffer did not bothered to call him again. We had two friendly matches during the period but that German coach did not allow Dessers to play in both encounters.

    Hmmm. This led to Eguavoen’s lies saying that he did not see enough of Dessers yet and he didn’t know much about Kolawole. This did not go down well among the Super Eagles fans.

    Truly, Mr. Eguavoen knew Dessers inside out but the coach decided to bring in his own players like Oga Rohr did during his time and Nigeria did not make it to Qatar.

    Oga Rohr brought his own players like Okoye while Mr. Eguavoen brought his favorite players such like Nwakali, Olayinka, Onyekuru, Onazi and so on. This was the reason Dessers and
    Adebayo Adeleye did make the list.

    So, who shall will blame for Dessers scenario in the Super Eagles?

    For me, the number person on the list is Oga Rohr, Amaju Pinnick and Mr. Eguavoen. I won’t forgive Oga Rohr, Amaju, Eguavoen and Oga Rohr fans if Dessers do not represent Nigeria in the end.

    Many Oga Rohr followers said Dessers was not good enough to represent Nigeria then and Oga Rohr was right not to get Dessers involved during his time.

    Eguavoen on the other hand lied to Nigerians while Amaju Pinnick sold Dessers’s spot in the Super Eagles to Ighalo. The three of them, Amaju,
    Mr. Eguavoen and Mr. Gernot Rohr were guilty and they must be blamed for Dessers’s failure to represent Nigeria.

    From now on, we need a coach who can stand his ground when dealing with the Nigeria Football Federation.

    We can not be doing the same thing and expecting different result. It is impossible kę.

    Watch out for coach Salisu Yusuf in the coming days. NFF have no money to hire a coach good enough to do his job.

    They might put Salisu Yusuf there as the new head coach of the Super Eagles.

    Cocu is the best for the job however, Amaju Pinnick won’t have what it takes to control him and other thing is money, I don’t think NFF can afford to pay him but if they can convince him, he may agree the money NFF offered Paseiro. We don’t want Paseiro.

    If that doesn’t work out, we have our own that good enough and at the same time doesn’t take nonsense from NFF.

    For this reason, we need a coach like Clement Westerhof in our own or in Cocu who can command and control everything about his team. A coach who have a say, who can make his selection without NFF interference.

    We want a set of new people to replace the current NFF members first but without doing this, Dessers, Adeleye and other fantastic players and goalies may not get a chance to represent Nigeria. Ire o. God bless Nigeria!!!