Boniface Not Fully Fit For Matches As 2023 AFCON Draws Near

Super Eagles’ charge for a fourth Africa Cup Of Nations (AFCON) title may have suffered a little setback following the injury of forward Victor Boniface npflupdates.com reports.

Boniface is currently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) camp of the Super Eagles, as the team beef up preparation for the 2023 AFCON tournament.

Also read: I Will Not Miss Boniface, Others During The 2023 AFCON – Alonso

Nigerians hope Victor Boniface will shine at AFCON
Boniface celebrate his goal against Bochum

The 23-year-old has been in fine form for his club Bayer 04 Leverkusen since joining them from Belgian outfit Royale Union Saint Gilloise last August. A form which saw him win a record five consecutive Bundesliga Rookie of the month award.

And while Nigerians are hoping the youngster would replicate his club form at the AFCON, it appears he’s not fully fit.

Boniface not yet fully fit for 2023 AFCON matches

According to SCORENigeria, Boniface picked up a muscular injury during one of the team’s training sessions in Abu Dhabi.

And for that reason, the former Bodø and Glimt forward could not feature in the Super Eagles test game against Al Gharib on Sunday.

And is also likely not to feature in today’s international friendly game against  Guinea, José Peseiro released his starting XI few minutes ago.

Victor Boniface, Francis Uzoho and Jose Peseiro called out by fans
Gift Orban Victor Osimhen, Jordan Torunarigha and Victor Boniface in training.

In another story, former Super Eagles Captain, John Mikel Obi expressed interest in becoming a part of the Super Eagles setup.

During a recent interview with CNN, the 36-year-old was teased about becoming the manager of the three-time African champions, but the former Chelsea midfielder was quick to distance himself from the pressure. He went ahead and talked about a more diplomatic role, as he dislikes getting sacked.

“Not definitely, I will love to one day but I don’t want to be a manager. I don’t want to be sacked. I hate getting sacked,” Mikel said jokingly.

“I don’t think I can handle that really well, but in some capacity, I will love to be involved again with the national team. I want to be somebody who will try to fix the problem from the top,” he continued.

Also read: Ejuke : Because Of Outstanding Boniface, I Will Have To Go To Leverkusen

“If it means to be a mediator between the players and the FA to make sure things are run properly, we have the right people managing what we should do together to succeed. For me, I think that is where we should start from.”

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