The young talent, playing for playing for Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga, had a remarkable week that captured the hearts of football enthusiasts.
In this week’s recap, we delve into how Boniface’s extraordinary skills earned him the spot and set him apart from the rest.
Meet the Nigerian Team of the Week
Goalkeeper – Adebayo Adeleye of Hapoel Jerusalem
Adeleye was the standout performer, making six crucial saves to secure a 1-1 draw for Hapoel Jerusalem against Maccabi Netanya.
Left-back – Jamilu Collins of Cardiff City
Collins displayed his defensive prowess with five tackles, helping Cardiff City maintain a clean sheet in their hard-fought 0-1 EFL Championship victory over Sunderland.
Centre-back – Babel Ogwuche of Trelleborgs
Ogwuche’s brilliant performance, including two assists, led Trelleborgs to an exhilarating 2-3 win over Utsikten in the Swedish Superettan.
Centre-back – Michael Ologo of Corum FK
Michael Ologo’s stellar defensive contribution, with seven tackles, played a significant role in Corum FK’s narrow [1-0] victory over Sakaryaspor, even with ten men.
Right-back – Bright Osayi-Samuel of Fenerbahce
Osayi-Samuel’s outstanding display, featuring eight tackles, helped Fenerbahce secure a clean sheet in their slender 0-1 Turkish Super Lig win against Alanyaspor.
Midfield – Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester City
Wilfred Ndidi was a star for Leicester City, dominating midfield with eight duel wins and winning the crucial penalty that Jamie Vardy converted to secure a 1-0 EFL Championship victory over Bristol City.
Midfield – Fisayo Dele-Bashiru of Hatayspor
Dele-Bashiru’s heroics included assisting the equalizer and scoring the game-winning goal in the last moments, lifting Hatayspor to a thrilling 3-2 Turkish Super Lig win over Trabzonspor.
Left-winger – Moses Simon of Nante
Moses Simon stood out with two remarkable assists and a penalty goal, inspiring Nantes to an exhilarating [5-3] victory over FC Lorient in French Ligue 1.
Striker – Anthony Ujah of Eintracht Braunschweig
Anthony Ujah was the savior for Eintracht Braunschweig, scoring a brace to secure a [2-2] draw against Nürnberg in the German 2. Bundesliga.
Second striker – Victor Boniface of Bayer Leverkusen – Star of the Week
Victor Boniface continued his impressive Bundesliga journey, scoring two goals and completing five dribbles in Bayer Leverkusen’s convincing 4-1 win over Heidenheim.
He also made history by recording 36 shots on goal after just five rounds, making him the unquestionable Nigerian Star of the Week.
“If you shoot 38 times on goal you should have scored at least 25 goals. That’s why I don’t congratulate myself,” – Victor Boniface said.
Right-winger – Ademola Lookman of Atalanta
Ademola Lookman opened the scoring for Atalanta and created two more chances in their comfortable 2-0 victory over Cagliari in the Italian Serie A.
This week’s Nigerian Team of the Week witnessed an array of outstanding talents, with Victor Boniface emerging as the shining star with his exceptional performance in the Bundesliga, setting a new standard for Nigerian players on the international stage.
Stay tuned for more outstanding performances from the Nigerian Team of the Week.