Boniface battle Kane for Bundesliga award
Following an impressive start to the 2023/24 season since joining Bayer Leverkusen, Nigerian striker, Victor Boniface, has been nominated for Bundesliga Player of The Month award.
The striker will battle Bayern Munich duo Harry Kane and Alphonso Davies, as well as Union Berlin’s Kevin Behrens.
Wolfsburg’s Jonas and Wind and Leipzeig’s Benjamin Henrichs are the other players nominated for the Bundesliga Player of The Month award.
Boniface joined Bayer Leverkusen this summer from Belgium club Union Saint-Gilloise and has scored four goals and added two assists in only three league games in Germany.
The 22-year-old bagged a brace last Saturday with his first goal selected among the Bundesliga’s top five goals of matchday three.
Boniface, who earned his first international call-up to the Super Eagles squad for Sunday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers against São Tomé, has also been shortlisted for the Rookie of the Month award in the Bundesliga.
Boniface’s performance on match day 3 in the Bundesliga has also earned him the second-best rating in Europe’s top five leagues.
According to renowned statistical website, Who scored, the Nigerian forward was rated 9.7 after his brilliant display against Darmstadt last Saturday.
Boniface scored two goals – for the second successive Bundesliga game – and added an assist as Bayer Leverkusen maintained their perfect start to the season – and moved top for the time being – with a 5-1 win over Darmstadt at the Bay Arena last Saturday.
Unsurprisingly, the Nigerian has come in for praise, with Koln coach Steffen Baumgart telling Sport Bild that he would have signed Boniface over Harry Kane were he in charge at Bayern Munich.
World Cup winner with Germany, Lothar Matthäus, also mentioned Leverkusen’s new star and Kane in the same breath, saying, “We’ll see plenty of goals from him (Boniface) this term – I can even see him competing with Kane for the top scorer crown.”