Victor Boniface: Nigerians Rally Behind Bayer Leverkusen Star to Win CAF Player of the Year Award

Victor Boniface: Nigerians Rally Behind Bayer Leverkusen Star to Win CAF Player of the Year Award

Ero Samson
updated at April 15, 2024 at 11:18 AM
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  • Bayer Leverkusen claimed their first German Bundesliga crown with a victory against Werder Bremen
  • Victor Boniface was one of Die Werkself's main players as they ended their 120-year league title wait
  • Nigerian fans have tipped the versatile forward to clinch the CAF African Footballer of the Year award

Bayer Leverkusen ended their 120-year wait for a maiden Bundesliga crown with a resounding five-nil victory against Werder Bremen.

This triumph, which reads as one of football's most captivating fairy tales, saw Die Werkself secure the title unbeaten against all opponents.

Xabi Alonso's team achieved this remarkable feat, thanks in part to standout performances from several players, including Super Eagles forward, Victor Boniface.

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Victor Boniface has been backed by fans to win the CAF Africa Player of the Year Award. Image: Federico Gambarini.
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The 23-year-old, who joined the club in the summer of 2023, emerged as the team's top scorer in the competition, netting 11 goals in 18 games, according to data from Fotmob.

Despite a lengthy injury layoff, Boniface managed an impressive tally of 27 goal contributions in 27 appearances across all competitions for Leverkusen. He further solidified his impact in the title-winning fixture with a goal and an assist.

His outstanding debut season at the Bundesliga powerhouse has sparked debates on the potential winner of the 2024 Confederation of African Football (CAF) Player of the Year Award.

Many Nigerian fans believe the 23-year-old is poised to succeed the previous winner, Victor Osimhen, and the potential of him clinching two more titles appears to back their claim.

Fans tip Boniface to win the African best award

@MPalmer1313, clearly excited about the prospect of the player winning the award, humorously remarked,

"From Victor to Victor 😂."

@ZicoDudu weighed in on the debate, stating,

"The race will be between Osimhen and Boniface."

@Wizslimpsalmy confidently predicted,

"He is winning it, No competition."

@NwajideZ also added,

"No African player is in good form apart from Osimhen and Boniface this season."

Xhaka praises Nigerian duo

In another report, Sports Brief highlighted veteran midfielder, Granit Xhaka's praise for Nigeria's Boniface and Nathan Tella, in the aftermath of his side's Bundesliga win.

The Swiss midfielder seemed pleased with the impact of the Super Eagles duo following Die Werkself's title triumph. In a post-match interview, the former Arsenal star also lauded the qualities of the duo during their title run.

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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).