Nigeria's Boniface would've made difference at AFCON - Peseiro

Nigeria's Boniface would've made difference at AFCON - Peseiro
Leverkusen's Victor Boniface celebrates after scoring. EPA/CHRISTOPHER NEUNDORF

by Staff Reporter

Wednesday Mar 13, 2024. 13:11

Bayer Leverkusen striker Victor Boniface would have made the difference at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) according to Jose Peseiro.

The towering centre forward was ruled out of the tournament due to an injury and he was replaced by OGC Nice’s Terem Moffi in the Super Eagles squad.

Moffi played 14 minutes in the competition without scoring. However, Peseiro guided Nigeria to the final where they lost to tournament hosts, Ivory Coast, before he left his position as the Super Eagles head coach at the end of last month.

“I will say that Boniface would have made the difference without injury,” the Portuguese tactician said on AfricafootUnited.

“He was very confident and can play comfortably in our two-man attacking style. He can also play on both sides of the strikers and that would have made him our invisible arc in the tournament.

“Our options to refine our style were limited in his absence.”

Boniface has impressively netted 16 goals in 23 matches across all competitions for Leverkusen this season. The 23-year-old is expected to return from injury next month.

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