Victor Boniface: Nigeria Forward Breaks Silence After Injury Rules Him Out of AFCON

Victor Boniface: Nigeria Forward Breaks Silence After Injury Rules Him Out of AFCON

Lukman Mumuni
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Victor Boniface has been ruled out of AFCON 2023
  • The Leverkusen forward picked up an injury in camp
  • Nigeria will face Equatorial Guinea in their opener

Bayer Leverkusen forward, Victor Boniface has expressed disappointment after picking up an injury that has resulted in him pulling out of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The 23-year-old is expected to be out for six weeks due to the setback and will immediately return to Germany to begin his recovery.

His absence will be a huge blow for the Super Eagles following his impressive run of form in the Bundesliga for German league leaders.

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Victor Boniface in action for Nigeria during the World Cup qualifier against Zimbabwe. Credit: @NG_SuperEagles
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Meanwhile, coach Jose Peseiro is expected to replace Boniface with OGC Nice attacker Terem Moffi.

"U20 Nations Cup got injured 7 days before Nations Cup. The Super Eagles got injured 6days before the Nations Cup. Na Only GOD Knows why," a distraught Boniface posted on X.

Boniface missed the friendly against Guinea as the three-time African champions lost their final warm-up game before the tournament starts on Saturday.

However, he took to social media to wish his teammates the best in Ivory Coast.

"Good luck guys. Wish you guys all the best at AFCON. Super Eagles," Boniface wrote on his Instagram account.

The Super Eagles have already lost midfielder Wilfried Ndidi and striker Taiwo Awoniyi to injuries. Alhassan Yussuf was invited to replace the Leicester City midfielder.

Nigeria will open their AFCON campaign with a game against Equatorial Guinea before facing hosts Ivory Coast and Guinea Bissau in Group A, as reported by Afrik Foot.

Victor Boniface ruled out of AFCON

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that the Super Eagles of Nigeria have suffered yet another blow ahead of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations, which will kick off in a few days in Ivory Coast.

Nigeria are one of the favourites to win the competition but will have to do it without some key players due to injury.

The three-time champions lost Leicester City midfielder Wilfred Ndidi to injury earlier but have now lost another striker to injury six days before their first game in the tournament.

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Lukman Abdul Mumin is a Sports Journalist based in Accra, Ghana. He has been writing for the past five years. Lukman joined Sports Brief as an Editor for the Local Desk in 2022.