Nigerians Make Case for Boniface as African Footballer of the Year Ahead of Europa League Final

Nigerians Make Case for Boniface as African Footballer of the Year Ahead of Europa League Final

  • The UEFA Europa League final 2024 will be played on Wednesday night, May 22, in Dublin, Ireland
  • reports that the match is between German Bundesliga side, Bayer Leverkusen and Italian Serie A team, Atalanta
  • Three Nigerians: Victor Boniface, Nathan Tella, and Ademola Lookman, are expected to be in action journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering sports and football worldwide.

Dublin, Ireland - Ahead of the UEFA Europa League final between Bayer Leverkusen and Atalanta, some Nigerians have said Victor Boniface should succeed Victor Osimhen as the African Footballer of the Year. recalls that Osimhen was crowned the continent's best player in December 2023.

Victor Boniface is tipped as a candidate for the African Footballer of the Year
Victor Boniface had a great season with Bayer Leverkusen. Photo credit: @boniface_jrn
Source: Twitter

The Napoli star scooped the award - the first time a Nigerian has picked up the title since Nwankwo Kanu in 1999.

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This season, Osimhen and Napoli have not been the same side they were in 2023.

Also, so far in 2024, African stars like Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Mohammed Kudus, have not won the biggest football trophies.

Hence, with Super Eagles attackers like Boniface and Ademola Lookman (Atalanta) in fine form and their teams doing well in Europe, several internet users have mentioned both men's names for the top African honour. reports that Boniface, 23, and his teammates at Leverkusen are in a hunt for a unique treble.

The Xabi Alonso-tutored side racked up a European record-extending 51st game unbeaten against Augsburg recently as Boniface opened the scoring for the German champions.

The striker, alongside compatriot Nathan Tella, will come up against fellow Nigeria international Lookman, who was pivotal in helping the Super Eagles finish as runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in February.

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Despite his three-month absence through the injury that ruled him out of AFCON 2023, Boniface has enjoyed a good debut season in Germany, scoring 21 goals and providing 10 assists.

Victor Boniface: X users' expectation below:

@NduMicheals wrote:

"Senior man! God go guide you to score hat-trick today. African footballer of the year 2024."

@bennydikason11 said:

"Victor Boniface Best African Footballer of the Year 2023."

@ehiokupa commented:

"Make una return with that cup and continue unbeaten tins abeg.
"Meanwhile African footballer of the year is loading for one guy in this picture."

@_AsiwajuLerry wrote:

"If Leverkusen wins Europa League today, we push Victor Boniface for African best.
"If Atalanta wins, we push Ademola Lookman for African best player.
"Either way, Nothing for Ghana."

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Bundesliga names Boniface Rookie of the Season earlier reported that Boniface scooped the Bundesliga Rookie of the Season award.

The announcement was made via the German league’s official X handle.

The account said Boniface was honoured with the award after making an instant impact on the Bundesliga — in which he won four Rookie of the Month trophies in a row.


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Ridwan Adeola (Current Affairs Editor) Ridwan Adeola Yusuf is a Current Affairs Editor at and a certified journalist with over 9 years of experience. He edited Politics Nigeria's articles, was the Acting Editor of AllNews Nigeria and Fact-Checking Researcher (Africa Check). He received his HND in Mass Communication from The Polytechnic Ibadan. He received a Certificate of Achievement (Journalism Clinic’s Fix The Leak masterclass, 2021) and also completed Google News Initiative's Advance digital reporting curriculum. Contact him at

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