Victor Boniface Mocks Kudus After Copying Iconic Celebration as Leverkusen Beat West Ham: Video

Victor Boniface Mocks Kudus After Copying Iconic Celebration as Leverkusen Beat West Ham: Video

Lukman Mumuni
updated at April 13, 2024 at 4:28 AM
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  • Victor Boniface hit the popular Mohammed Kudus celebration against West Ham
  • The Nigerian forward scored as Bayer Leverkusen beat West Ham on Thursday
  • Bayer Leverkusen travel to London for the second leg with a healthy lead

Victor Boniface took the rivalry between Ghana and Nigeria to the next level after hitting Mohammed Kudus' iconic celebration during the Europa League game between Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham United.

The 23-year-old scored late as the German side defeated the Hammers 2-0 in the first leg of their quarter-final clash.

Boniface rose high to head home a cross from Jonas Hoffman to hand Leverkusen the crucial second goal before their trip to London.

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Victor Boniface hits Mohammed Kudus' iconic celebration as Bayer Leverkusen beat West Ham. Credit: @WestHam @bayer04_en
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In a video shared on social media, Boniface runs to the advertising board to have a sit just like Kudus does when he scores. The move is seen as a subtle jab to the Ghanaian with the two seen as rivals.

West Ham has an arduous task of overturning the result in the second leg in London in a fortnight.

However, Xabi Alonso and his men are keeping alive the hopes of winning an unprecedented treble, having reached the final of the DFB Pokal.

A win in the league on Sunday will see them clinch the Bundesliga title for the first time, as reported by Sky Sports.

Boniface scores first goal after injury comeback

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Victor Boniface scored his first goal after returning from injury to inspire Bayer Leverkusen to a first-leg victory over West Ham United in the Europa League quarter-final.

The Nigeria attacker, who was sidelined for almost four months due to an injury setback, netted late in jury time to double the German side's advantage.

Boniface started from the bench and was brought on with 15 minutes remaining to replace Patrik Schick.

Kudus explains iconic celebration

Sports Brief also reported that Ghanaian midfielder Mohammed Kudus explained the meaning behind his now-famous celebration.

The 23-year-old has been in devastating form for West Ham since joining the club in the summer transfer window from Ajax Amsterdam.

Kudus has netted nine goals across all competitions for the London outfit, and his celebration after each strike is becoming popular in England. The Ghana international runs and sits on the advertising board to celebrate a goal.

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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.