Boniface vs Kudus: Bayer Leverkusen Star Declared Fit to Start Against West Ham in Europa League

Boniface vs Kudus: Bayer Leverkusen Star Declared Fit to Start Against West Ham in Europa League

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 11, 2024 at 6:49 AM
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  • Victor Boniface and Mohammed Kudus will go head-to-head in the Europa League
  • The Super Eagles striker has been declared fit to start the tie for Bayer Leverkusen
  • The Bundesliga leaders host West Ham United at the Bay Arena on Thursday night

Bayer Leverkusen’s Europa League quarter-final clash against West Ham United promises to set up a mouth-watering clash between Africa’s two rising stars - Victor Boniface and Mohammed Kudus.

Both players have been exceptional for their respective teams this season, with Boniface's Leverkusen on the verge of clinching the Bundesliga title and Kudus guiding West Ham’s successes this term.

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Victor Boniface has been declared fit to start for Bayer Leverkusen against West Ham in the Europa League. Photo by Boris Streubel.
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According to Punch NG, Boniface and Kudus were both missing due to injury when the Super Eagles defeated Ghana 2-1 in an international friendly in Morocco in March, but they are set to face off this time around.

West Ham will attempt to stop the Bayer Leverkusen juggernaut in their tracks when they face the Bundesliga leaders in the first leg of their quarter-final clash in the Europa League at the Bay Arena.

Xabi Alonso’s team still remain unbeaten in all competitions after 41 games played this season but the Hammers will be unfazed heading into this challenge as they have a superior European experience when compared to their German counterparts.

Boniface declared fit to start

Meanwhile, Bayer Leverkusen manager, Xabi Alonso, has confirmed that Boniface is back to full fitness again and could likely start against West Ham on Thursday night, Daily Post reports.

The 23-year-old forward has made two substitute appearances for the Bundesliga leaders since returning from an adductor injury that kept him sidelined for over three months.

Boniface has scored four goals and one assist in five appearances for Die Werkself in the Europa League this season and Alonso will be hoping he continues that form against the Hammers.

Frederic Kanoute hails Mohammed Kudus

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that former Mali forward, Frederic Kanoute, believes Ghanaian midfielder Kudus can win 'Africa Player of the Year' in the future.

Kudus has already scored 13 goals in all competitions for West Ham, including seven in the Premier League, as his side quests for European competition.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..