After enjoying his most productive campaign to date and finishing the season as the Eredivisie’s top marksman, new Super Eagle Cyriel Dessers is reportedly on his way to KRC Genk in the Belgian Jupiler League.
Three seasons in the Netherlands has seen him bag enough goals to add his name to the elite class of the most prolific Nigerian stars to ever feature in the Eredivisie.
Iconic footballers like Sunday Oliseh, Haruna Babangida, Peter Rufai, Alloy Agu, Chidi Nwanu, Pius Ikedia, and Ahmed Musa have all starred in the Netherlands.
But don’t expect their names on the top seven list of Nigerian goalscorers in that country.
However, who are the all-time top-scoring Nigerians in the Dutch top-flight? Soccernet.ng shines the light on the first seven.
Four games in the colours of the Super Eagles, which only yielded a goal, show Michael Obiku was not the most popular Nigerian footballer ever.
But the ‘Black Diamond’ was a revered star in Holland in the 1990s where he became an Eredivisie champion in 1993 and lifted the KNVB Cup in 1994 and 1995 with Feyenoord.
Obiku, the first Nigerian to play in Japan’s J1 League, later turned out for AZ Alkmaar.
Although the former Anorthosis Famagusta FC star had his best years at Cyprus, his 21 Eredivisie goals in 88 games sealed his place as one of Nigeria’s finest in the Netherlands.