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Bayer Leverkusen grants permission for Victor Boniface to attend AFCON final

by Lesley Ngwa
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Bayer Leverkusen have granted permission for their Nigerian striker Victor Boniface to travel to Côte D’Ivoire for the final of the 34th edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) between the Super Eagles of Nigeria and hosts Elephants of Côte D’Ivoire tonight at the Allasane Ouatarra stadium in Abidjan.

The striker left the Super Eagles camp over two weeks ago to return to his club for further medical attention after he picked up an injury while in camp with the Super Eagles just before the start of the tournament in January and was replaced by Terem Moffi.

Boniface had surgery and is still recovering from the injury but coach Xabi Alonso has given his clearance that he travels and joins the rest of his international colleagues in the game against Côte D’Ivoire.

The move provides just what Boniface he had wanted all along. The player had long aired his wish to join his mates if they reached the final.

Nigeria beat Côte D’Ivoire 1-0 in the group stage of this edition of the tournament. However, much has changed since the Super Eagles defeated the Elephants earlier in the tournament, with the hosts surmounting obstacles when hope seemed to be lost, and they now appear to have momentum heading into the decider in Abidjan.

Having lost the previous two meetings with Nigeria at AFCON 2013, eventually won by the Super Eagles, and earlier at the ongoing finals, the Elephants seek to end their two-game Cup of Nations losing run in this West African rivalry to become the 12th hosts and first since Egypt in 2006 to claim the title on home soil.

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