Kanu, Boniface Among 7 Nigerians With Unbeaten European League Title Campaigns

Kanu, Boniface Among 7 Nigerians With Unbeaten European League Title Campaigns

Chukwu Ikechukwu
May 30, 2024 at 10:36 AM
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  • Victor Boniface became the latest Nigerian player to have an invincible season
  • The Nigerian star helped Bayer Leverkusen to the Bundesliga title in Germany
  • Boniface has joins six other Nigerians to win league titles unbeaten in Europe

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Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella joined the list of Nigerian footballers who ended a European season as invincible champions following Bayer Leverkusen’s Bundesliga triumph.

Leverkusen ended Bayern Munich’s 11-year dominance of the German top flight in remarkable fashion, winning 28 games and drawing just six of 34 matches in the 2023/24 campaign.

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Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella are among the Bayer Leverkusen players celebrating the club's Bundesliga title victory. Photo by Mika Volkmann.
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According to Sports Intel, Xabi Alonso’s men’s triumph was the club’s first Bundesliga title in their over 100 years of history, after finishing as runners-up on five different occasions.

Boniface and Tella have joined superstars like Kanu Nwankwo and Finidi George, who were the first Nigerians to end a season as onvincibles after winning the Dutch Eredivisie with Ajax in 1995.

Joe Aribo, Calvin Bassey, and Leon Balogun are the other Nigerians who also finished as invincible champions when all three players won the Scottish League trophy with Rangers under manager Steven Gerard.

Top 7 invincible Nigerian title-winning footballers

1. Nwankwo Kanu – (Ajax 1994/95, Arsenal 2003/04)

2. Finidi George – (Ajax 1994/95)

3. Calvin Bassey – (Rangers 2020/21)

4. Joe Aribo – (Rangers 2020/21)

5. Leon Balogun – (Rangers 2020/21)

6. Nathan Tella – (Bayer Leverkusen 2023/24)

7. Victor Boniface – (Bayer Leverkusen 2023/24).

Boniface missing from Canal+ Africa XI

Meanwhile, French broadcaster, Canal+, has named their African Team of the Season, with Boniface one of the biggest names missing from the list, Punch Nigeria reports.

Reigning Africa Footballer of the Year and Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen, was also missing from the site's African squad, which was published on Wednesday, May 29.

Mohammed Kudus, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Serhou Guirassy, and Ademola Lookman are among those listed in the Canal+ XI after the conclusion of the 2023/24 campaign.

Boniface reacts after DFB Pokal win

Earlier, Sports Brief reported that Boniface was in a jubilant mood after Bayer Leverkusen defeated Kaiserslautern to win their first-ever DFB-Pokal in 31 years.

The Super Eagles striker played no part in the final as he was left on the subs bench, but still celebrated the victory with his teammates at the end of the game.

Granit Xhaka scored the only goal of the game in the first half as Leverkusen claimed a deserving 1-0 win over the Bundesliga 2 side at the Olympiastadion.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..