2026 WCQ: ‘Boniface Will Shine’ – Etafia Tips Leverkusen Star To Help Super Eagles Beat Bafana

2026 WCQ: ‘Boniface Will Shine’ — Etafia Tips Leverkusen Star To Help Super Eagles Beat  Bafana

Former international Greg Etafia has tipped Bayer Leverkusen star, Victor Boniface to make the difference for the Super Eagles against Bafana Bafana.

Boniface is expected to lead the line for the Super Eagles against Bafana Bafana in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifier following Victor Osimhen’s absence due to injury.

Etafia, who is also rooting for the Super Eagles to beat South Africa believed Boniface will deliver the goods for the three-time African champions in the game.

The former goalkeeper however warned the Super Eagles not to underrate their opponent.

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“Of course, Osimhen’s absence is a blow … I mean, we are talking about the African Footballer of the Year here, but Nigeria have enough depth upfront,” Etafia told Sowetan Live.

“I really think Boniface will shine. After missing AFCON, he should be highly motivated to prove that he can help Nigeria, and this is a good chance for him to lead the attack as Osimhen is injured.

“I see Nigeria winning this game. It will be very close because Bafana are a tough team, but the coach (Finidi George) will go all out to win this game because many people doubt him, so he still wants to prove a point.

“He was appointed after AFCON (where he was the assistant coach to Jose Peseiro), and he beat Ghana 2-1 in his first game in a friendly and lost 2-0 to Mali in the second game, so he’s under pressure, and he will not allow another defeat.

“Nigeria should know that Bafana are no pushovers, as they showed them at Afcon that they can compete. Nigeria’s team is new, especially because the coach is new, but Bafana have been together for a while, and that can work for them.”

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