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Victor Boniface Hopes To Help Bayer Leverkusen Win Bundesliga Title On Sunday



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Super Eagles of Nigeria striker, Victor Boniface has stressed that he is looking forward to winning an historic German Bundesliga title with Bayer Leverkusen this weekend.

If Victor Boniface and his teammates beat Werder Bremen at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, they will be crowned champions of the German Bundesliga for the first time in the history of the club.

Note that Bayer Leverkusen are currently leading the league table with 76 points in 28 games, 16 points above second-placed Bayern Munich. After their game against Werder Bremen on Sunday, they will have 5 games left before the end of the season.

Those five games have the potential of producing 15 points which means that Bayern Munich have no possibility of overtaking Bayer Leverkusen after this weekend’s game.

However, if Bayer Leverkusen lose to Werder Bremen on Sunday, and Bayern Munich beat Köln today, April 13, the race will remain mathematically open for coach Thomas Tuchel and his team for a while.

Ahead of the game against Bremen, Victor Boniface noted that he is looking forward to helping his team win the German Bundesliga title on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Nigeria international said, “I am looking forward to helping my team any time I am called upon.

“We have a game on Sunday (against Werder Bremen), which is a big game for us.”

Note that Victor Boniface who was sidelined for about three months due to an injury helped Bayer Leverkusen to maintain their unprecedented unbeaten run in all competitions. He scored a goal in Bayer Leverkusen’s 2-1 win over West Ham United in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals on Thursday.

After the win, Boniface said, “We played West Ham in pre-season, and so we know the type of game they play.

“The important thing was to be patient, play our style, and convert our chances when they came.”


France FA Gives Update On Kylian Mbappe’s Injury After Clash With Austria



The French Football Federation (FFF) has confirmed that Kylian Mbappe suffered a broken nose during the Euro 2024 game against Austria on Monday, June 17, 2024.

Kylian Mbappe who was expected to lead the assault on Austria found himself on the receiving end when his face caught the shoulder of Kevin Danso while anticipating a free-kick from Antoine Griezmann in the 85th minute of the game.

The incident left the 25-year-old Frenchman with a bleeding nose, and had to be attended to for minutes before he got back to his feet. Funny enough, he was shown a yellow card in the 89th minute for going down seconds after returning to his feet.

Coach Didier Deschamps had to substitute him in the 90th minute with veteran striker, Olivier Giroud as the game ended in a 1-0 win courtesy of an own goal from Maximilian Wöber in the 38th minute.

After the game, the FFF confirmed that Kylian Mbappe might play the rest of the European Championship with a face mask. However, the football body didn’t confirm whether or not the new Real Madrid signee will be available for France’s next Euro 2024 game against the Netherlands on June 21.

“He has returned to the base camp of the French team,” the FFF said.

“He will undergo treatment in the coming days, without undergoing surgery immediately.”

During the post-game press conference, coach Didier Deschamps said: “We need to check it out but it seems quite complicated, which is really very unfortunate for us. He didn’t get off lightly.”

He added: “I’m not going to go into hypothesis but the French team with Kylian will always be stronger with him.

“If the news doesn’t go along these lines then we will have to fight without him.”

Note that Kylian Mbappe has scored 47 goals in 80 appearances for France so far in his international career.
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Euro 2024: Lukaku’s brace disallowed as Slovakia stun Belgium



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Belgium suffered a 1-0 defeat to Slovakia, leaving them with a mountain to climb in their Euro 2024 campaign in Germany.

Romelu Lukaku’s two disallowed goals added to the frustration for the Red Devils at the Deutsche Bank Park.

The match started badly for Belgium when Ivan Schranz capitalized on a poor pass by Jeremy Doku, putting Slovakia ahead early.

Schranz’s strike, just minutes into the game, ended up being a bitter pill for the Belgians.

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Belgium’s star striker Romelu Lukaku thought he had equalized twice, only to be denied by the officials on both occasions.

His first goal was ruled out for offside, a decision met with dismay by the Belgian supporters.

The second disallowed goal came after a review by the snickometer, which detected a handball in the build-up.

Despite their struggles later on, Slovakia held on for all three points in the Group E encounter.

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Official: Chidera Ejuke becomes Sevilla’s first summer signing



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Nigerian international Chidera Ejuke has officially joined Sevilla, becoming their first signing of the 2024/25 season.

The club in a statement welcomed the Zaria born, who is versatile in attack but primarily plays on the left wing.

His European career began in 2017 with Valerenga in Norway.

At 19, Ejuke made a huge impact at Valerenga, scoring 15 goals and providing six assists in 59 appearances over two seasons.

His performance earned him a move to Heerenveen in the Netherlands, where he netted 10 goals and six assists in just one season.

Ejuke’s next step was a transfer to CSKA Moscow, where he added 10 goals and eight assists to his record, and gained European experience with five UEFA Europa League appearances.

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Recent seasons saw him on loan at Hertha Berlin and Royal Antwerp.

At Antwerp, he made four UEFA Champions League appearances this season under coach Mark van Bommel.

On international level, Ejuke debuted for Nigeria in 2020 after progressing through various youth levels, including the Under-17.

He has since earned eight caps, participating in World Cup and Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaigns for the Super Eagles.

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