4 Nigerians Who Won Bundesliga Title After Boniface and Tella With Bayer Leverkusen

4 Nigerians Who Won Bundesliga Title After Boniface and Tella With Bayer Leverkusen

Elijah Odetokun
April 15, 2024 at 9:28 AM
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  • Bayer Leverkusen clinched the Bundesliga title for the first time in their history
  • They beat Werder Bremen 5-0 to win the German title with five games to spare
  • Nigerian duo, Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella, were part of the winning squad

Bayer Leverkusen hammered Werder Bremen 5-0 at the BayArena to clinch the German Bundesliga title for the first time in their history, ending Bayern Munich's streak.

In his first full season as manager, Xabi Alonso defied the odds and led a team nicknamed Neverkusen to the title. His side is unbeaten so far in all competitions.

Nathan Tella, Victor Boniface, Bayer Leverkusen, Werder Bremen, Bay Arena, Bundesliga.
Bayer Leverkusen's Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella are among four Nigerians to have won the Bundesliga title in history. Photo by Alexander Scheuber.
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He has five Africans in the team, two of whom are Nigerians. Sports Brief looks at the Nigerians who have won the German title.

Nigerians who have won the Bundesliga

1. Pascal Ojigwe

Per Afrik-foot, the Aba-born defender/midfielder was the first Nigerian to win the Bundesliga as part of Kaiserslautern's winning team in the 1997/98 season. Ojigwe joined the team in Division Two, and remarkably, in their first season after promotion, they won the title.

2. Sunday Oliseh

Ojigwe could have been a two-time champion if Sunday Oliseh's Borussia Dortmund had not denied him in the 2001/02 season. Oliseh became the second Super Eagles star to win the trophy and the last one for 22 years until this season.

3. Victor Boniface

Boniface was one of Alonso's recruits at the start of the season, and the striker proved to be a smart business. Per Transfermarkt, he has 11 goals and eight assists in 18 games. He opened the scoring in the title decider against Werder Bremen.

4. Nathan Tella

The Spanish boss has a thing with Nigerian players. He also signed Nathan Tella ahead of his first full season from relegated Premier League club, Southampton. The former Arsenal academy star contributed five goals and two assists in 20 appearances.

Nigerians influence Leverkusen dressing room

Sports Brief reported that Boniface and Tella influenced Leverkusen's dressing room with Nigerian vibes after their team won their first-ever Bundesliga title.

The duo took over the disc jockey duties and played Afrobeats tunes from their compatriots, including Flavour and Seyi Vibes, to a raucous team celebration.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.