Victor Boniface stocks rise after latest award nomination

Victor Boniface stocks rise after latest award nomination
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Bayer Leverkusen and Super Eagles forward Victor Boniface has been nominated for one of the categories of this year’s Dubai Globe awards.

The striker, who has been one of the revelations of the year, has been nominated in the Powerhorse Emerging Player of the Year category of the highly-coveted award.

Victor Boniface in action for Leverkusen
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Boniface has ticked many boxes in the year under review and the nomination alone is a testament to the fact that it has been a huge year for the Real Sapphire FC product. 

The 22-year-old, who just moved to Bayer Leverkusen in the summer, has scored 11 goals and contributed six assists in his 17 appearances across all competitions so far.

Boniface nominated for Emerging Player of the Year award

Boniface will battle with a number of promising young talents in world football for the Emerging Player of the Year award at the Globe Awards.

The Akure-born forward faces strong competition from the likes of Real Madrid’s Arda Guler, Jude Bellingham, Eduardo Camavinga, and Barcelona’s Lamine Yamal.

Other nominees are Saud Abdulhamid (Al Hilal), Firas Al-Buraikan (Al-Ahli), Thiago Almada (Atlanta United), Tommaso Baldanzi (FC Empoli), Alejandro Balde (Barcelona), Moisés Caicedo (Chelsea), Cesare Casadei (Chelsea), Ousmane Diomande(Sporting CP), Jérémy Doku (Manchester City), Omar Fayed (FK Novi Pazar), Evan Ferguson (Brighton), Enzo Fernández (Chelsea), Gavi (Barcelona), Josko Gvardiol (Manchester City), Rasmus Hojlund (Manchester United), Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich), Pedri (Barcelona), António Silva (Benfica), Xavi Simons (RB Liepzig), Mathys Tel (Bayern Munich), Florian Wirtz (Bayern Leverkusen), Lamine Yamal (Barcelona), and Warren Zaire-Emery (PSG).

The voting process is open to the public until 7 December, the first online voting.

Once this initial phase is closed, the second vote will involve not only the public but also an official Globe Soccer Gala jury, made up of 30 eminent figures from the football industry, including Iker Casillas, Luis Figo, Francesco Totti, Fabio Capello, and Marcelo Lippi, who will make the final selection between 12 and 28 December. 

The winner will be awarded at the 14th edition of the Dubai Globe Soccer Gala, which will be held on 19 January at the famous Atlantis Hotel, with the collaboration of the Dubai Sports Council. 

Victor Boniface’s breakthrough season in numbers

Boniface has been on fire since making the move to Germany in the summer. 

He was explosive with Union last season in the Europa League and won the Europa League Golden Boot award for the 2022-23 campaign before completing a move to the German Bundesliga in a transfer worth €20m plus add-ons.

Following his rising profile in one of Europe’s top five leagues, Boniface has remained a transfer target for a number of teams less than six months into his Leverkusen career. 

In 12 Bundesliga matches, Boniface has scored 7 goals and provided five assists for Leverkusen. He is also leading his side’s charge for the Bundesliga title as they currently stay top of the pack.

In the Europa League, he has three goals in four games, while he has scored just once in the DFB Pokal, and it came in his only appearance. 

By virtue of his incredible impact, Boniface has been named the Bundesliga Rookie Player of the Month for August, September, and October.

On the international scene, Boniface’s exploits have been rewarded by Super Eagles coach Jose Peseiro, who gave him his debut in October and he has featured in every game for the Super Eagles since then.

This article was most recently revised and updated 8 months ago

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