Boniface: My barracks to Europe story


By Ebenezer Bajela.

In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, Union St Gilloise striker Victor Boniface revealed how growing up in the Nigeria Army barracks help him become a footballer.

The 22-year-old has been impressive so far this season scoring seven goals and providing another seven assists in the Belgian First Division A.

He is also the joint-top scorer in the UEFA Europa League with six goals.

Technically sound, and good on the ball, the striker also has the ability to give the right pass, hence the reason for his 10 assists so far this campaign.

The striker in the interview credited his abilities to the fact that he grew up playing with the Nigerian military.

“I lived with my grandparents. Grandpa was in the army, I grew up in the military domain. I often played football there with my uncles,” he said.

The Akure-born centre-forward, who has an imposing physique, added that he was not a fan of going to the gym.

“That is not for me. I do not like that. All my muscles are a gift from Mother Nature. If I did too much strength training, I would become lethargic.”

Boniface again stated how the death of his mother a few years ago led to depression and was almost forced to quit football.

“I lost my passion for football for a while. I was very sad. I even drank alcohol – something I never do now. At most, I’ll hack into a Red Bull.”