Victor Boniface: Bayer Leverkusen Forward Reacts After Scoring in Europa League Clash vs West Ham

Victor Boniface: Bayer Leverkusen Forward Reacts After Scoring in Europa League Clash vs West Ham

Ero Samson
updated at April 12, 2024 at 10:53 AM
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  • Victor Boniface returned for Bayer Leverkusen with another goal on the night
  • The header was the forward's first since his return from a lengthy injury layoff
  • The 23-year-old has expressed his desire for more goals after his first of 2024

Victor Boniface was back in the thick of the action for Bayer Leverkusen with a goal that doubled the lead for the Bundesliga club in their UEFA Europa League fixture.

The 23-year-old ensured a commanding first-leg victory in the clash against West Ham, with a brilliant headed goal in the second half of the encounter.

The Super Eagles forward received a sublime cross from winger, Jonas Hoffman, before finely slotting home beyond the reach of goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski, to seal victory at the Bay Arena.

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Victor Boniface celebrates with his team after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA Europa League Quarter-Final match between Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham United. Image: Hesham Elsherif.
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Following his brilliant goal on the night, the forward spoke to the media, where he aired his excitement about the game and his desire to find the back of the net more.

Boniface speaks after West Ham goal

Speaking to the media following the conclusion of the game, the Nigerian forward expressed his delight at being back on the scoresheet and his hunger to make up for the time he missed due to injury.

"I feel happy, you know. It's not easy, considering I was out for about three months. I missed a lot of games, so coming back to help my team means a lot, and I'm really happy to be playing football again.
"I'm looking forward to helping my team whenever I'm called upon. We have a big game on Sunday, so we're looking forward to that," the former Union Saint-Gilloise player said, as captured by Soccernet.

The Nigerian forward will hope he can maintain his form as Leverkusen aims to be crowned Bundesliga champions for the first time when they face off against Werder Bremen.

Boniface, who has been limited to a string of substitute appearances since his return, will also be eyeing the prospect of starting his first game since December 17.

Boniface among Nigeria’s most improved players

In another report, Sports Brief stated that Bayer Leverkusen's Boniface is among Nigeria's most improved players of the 2023/24 season.

The list features a number of impressive performers this season, such as Udinese shot-stopper, Maduka Okoye, and Montpellier forward, Akor Adams.

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Ero Samson
Samson Ero is a sports journalist with a track record of over five years in the Nigerian media industry. He graduated from Nigerian Institute of Journalism (2021-2023).