Victor Boniface, Tapsoba and the 3 Other African Players Who Made History With Bayer Leverkusen

Victor Boniface, Tapsoba and the 3 Other African Players Who Made History With Bayer Leverkusen

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 15, 2024 at 9:20 AM
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  • Bayer Leverkusen have already wrapped up the Bundesliga title
  • Xabi Alonso's men have also reached the final of the DFB-Pokal
  • Five Africans, including Victor Boniface, have starred for Bayer

Bayer Leverkusen have been crowned champions of Germany for the first time after an incredible run in the 2023/24 season, which has seen them unbeaten in 29 games.

The Bundesliga leaders ended Bayern Munich's dominance with five games left in the season, have made huge strides in the UEFA Europa League, and are also in the final of the DFB-Pokal.

The German outfit remain the only unbeaten team in Europe's top five leagues with the record stretching back to 43 games.

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Edmond Tapsoba, Victor Boniface, Odilon Kossounou, and Nathan Tella are among Africans starring for Bayer Leverkusen. Photos: Lars Baron/ Bruno Fahy/ Christof Koepsel/ Jörg Schüler.
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Xabi Alonso's men have been flawless this season after recruiting some of the best talents in the world.

Sports Brief looks at the five African players leading Bayer Leverkusen to a historic double in Germany.

5 Africans starring for Bayer Leverkusen

Victor Boniface - Nigeria

The Nigerian returned from an injury that he picked up before the Africa Cup of Nations to make a cameo in the DFB-Pokal semi-final win over Dusseldorf. He also scored in the title-clinching game against Werder Bremen.

Before suffering the setback, the former Union Saint Gilloise player has been the star of the show for Leverkusen, scoring and providing assists effortlessly. Boniface has scored 18 goals and provided 9 assists across all competitions, per Transfermarkt.

Nathan Tella - Nigeria

Boniface's compatriot, Tella, did not make the squad for AFCON but that seemed to have been a blessing in disguise, as he became a mainstay in the Leverkusen team, scoring important goals.

The Nigerian joined Leverkusen last summer following Southampton's relegation from the Premier League and has already netted six goals and provided three assists in all competitions.

Edmund Tapsoba - Burkina Faso

Tapsoba has been a rock for Alonso in defence. The Burkina Faso international has racked in 36 appearances across all competitions, scoring two goals in the Europa League. He joined the German outfit in 2020 and remains one of the most experienced players at the club.

Odilon Kossounou - Ivory Coast

This year is turning out to be the Ivorian's best campaign. Fresh off winning the Africa Cup of Nations, Kossounou could add two more titles to his name at the end of the season. His time with Ivory Coast at AFCON meant he missed a number of games in the league, but his 18 appearances in the Bundesliga has been key to Alonso's success.

Amine Adli - Morocco

The attacking midfielder has been a creative spark in Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen team. There might be mentions of Boniface, Jeremie Frimpong, and others but Adli has been somewhat of the unsung hero. He has scored eight goals and provided 11 assists in all competitions.

Boniface scores in Bundesliga win

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Boniface made history after helping Leverkusen win their first-ever Bundesliga title in his first season in the German league.

The 23-year-old forward was on target for the second game running as Leverkusen defeated Werder Bremen to clinch the title with five games still remaining.

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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.