Victor Boniface, Nathan Tella and Two Nigerian Players to Win the German Bundesliga

Victor Boniface, Nathan Tella and Two Nigerian Players to Win the German Bundesliga

Lukman Mumuni
updated at May 20, 2024 at 4:44 AM
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  • Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella are the latest Nigerian to win the Bundesliga
  • The Super Eagles players helped Bayer Leverkusen to their first-ever title
  • Boniface was on target as Bayer Leverkusen walloped Werder Bremen on Sunday

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Bayer Leverkusen made history on Sunday, April 14, 2024, by winning their first-ever German Bundesliga title following the 5-0 thrashing of Werder Bremen.

Xabi Alonso's men crowned the season unbeaten after a 2-1 victory over Augsburg on the final day of the campaign.

Behind the Spaniard's success have been some key personnel including Nigeria duo Nathan Tella and Victor Boniface. The latter scored the opener in the victory over Bremen.

Victor Boniface, Sunday Oliseh, Pascal Ojigwe, Nathan Tella, Nigeria
Victor Boniface, Sunday Oliseh, Pascal Ojigwe and Nathan Tella are the Nigerians to win Bundesliga. Photos: Jörg Schüler, Christof Koepsel and Volker Boch.
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The German Bundesliga has been a fertile ground for Nigeria players with 42 players from the West African nation being part of the league's history. Some big names to have played in the league include Austin Jay Jay Okocha and Sunday Oliseh.

Sports Brief looks at the four Nigeria players to have won the Bundesliga title.

Pascal Ojigwe

Ojigwe was the first Nigerian to win the Bundesliga after playing a role in Kaiserslautern's 1997/98 season triumph. Although he made few appearances in that campaign, it was enough to earn him a medal.

Sunday Oliseh

The second Nigerian player to ever win the Bundesliga was Sunday Oliseh. The former Super Eagles captain had more impact in Dortmund's 2001/02 season success. Oliseh bossed the midfield for Dortmund in the early 2000s, making his one of the finest African players to ply their trade in Germany.

He is also one of the few Nigeria players with over 100 appearances in the Bundesliga.

Victor Boniface

The Super Eagles star was a real deal in his first season in Germany. Despite suffering an injury in the middle of the campaign, Boniface still managed to score 14 Bundesliga goals in 23 matches to lead Alonso's men to victory. He scored in his first Bundesliga start since recovery from injury as the new German champions walloped Werder Bremen.

Nathan Tella

Probably the most underrated Bayer Leverkusen player this season. The English-born Nigerian came up for the club in crucial moments, scoring very important goals leading to the team's success. He also joined the club last summer from Southampton FC.

Boniface scores as Leverkusen win league

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

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

Boniface opened the scoring from the spot after 25 minutes to give the host the lead before a strike from Granit Xhaka and a hat-trick from Florian Wirtz ensured Leverkusen are champions of Germany.

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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.