'We go again'- Ex-Chelsea target tells injured Boniface after AFCON disappointment

Jose Peseiro had to adapt at AFCON 2023 without Taiwo Awoniyi (l) and Victor Boniface (r) (Image Credit - Boniface/Instagram)

'We go again'- Ex-Chelsea target tells injured Boniface after AFCON disappointment

Joba Ogunwale 15:03 - 09.01.2024

Boniface has been ruled out of Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations campaign in Ivory Coast after picking up an injury.

Super Eagles star Victor Boniface has received words of encouragement from one of his international teammates after withdrawing from Nigeria’s squad ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations, which kicks off on January 13, 2024. 

Boniface to miss AFCON 2023

Boniface was named in Nigeria’s 25-man squad for the continental showpiece and had linked up with the rest of his teammates at their training camp in Abu Dhabi. 

However, the 23-year-old had to withdraw from the squad after picking up a groin injury which is set to rule him out for six weeks. 

Victor Boniface will not represent Nigeria at the AFCON
Victor Boniface has been ruled out of Nigeria's squad for AFCON. (Photo Credit: Imago)

The setback is a big blow for Boniface, who was hoping to represent Nigeria at a major international tournament at any level for the first time. 

Boniface had also missed out on the U-20 Africa Cup of Nations after picking an injury seven days before the start of the tournament. 

But the latest blow has left the Bayer Leverkusen man devastated, taking to Twitter to express his disappointment. 

Boniface said: U20 nations cup got injured 7 days before nations cup. Super Eagles got injured 6days before Nations Cup. Na Only GOD Knows why 

However, while he was feeling sorry for himself, his international teammate Taiwo Awoniyi offered him a word of encouragement, urging him to come back stronger. 

Awoniyi quoted the tweet, saying: “My guy mafo……. We gallant for that green white green  We go again…..no one fit kill light 💡 Imole ma tan last last 💯

It’s a nice gesture from the former Chelsea target as he is also not in the Super Eagles squad due to an injury he picked up at his club, Nottingham Forest. 

However, unlike Boniface, Awoniyi has represented Nigeria at a major tournament, including the last AFCON. 

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