Why I almost quit football at 21 – Bayer Leverkusen’s Victor Boniface

Bayer Leverkusen forward, Victor Boniface has revealed that he almost quit football at 21 after sustaining an injury.

The 23-year-old said he got an ACL injury two weeks after signing with Norwegian club, FK Bodø/Glimt in 2019.

He spoke during a chat with Mikel Obi’ on The Obi One podcast, saying his stint in Norway was chaotic as there were more bad stories than good stories.

Boniface said; “I spent about three years in Norway. We won the league twice, came second one time. But football wise, it was chaotic for me.

It was really bad for me. I think I have more bad stories than good stories there. But that’s life, you know. I got an ACL injury two weeks after signing in Norway. I almost quit football at the age of 21.”

He also disclosed during the interview that before moving to Europe, he was a midfielder.

In another sports news…

CorrectNG reports that former Rivers United captain, Festus Austin said last year that he had to make the tough call of quitting active football after battling with an injury over the past four year.

The newly appointed team coordinator who played for 16 years in the Nigeria Professional Football League, called it quits, having won two league titles with Dolphins and Rivers United.

Following his retirement, Rivers announced him as their team coordinator on Monday and also named striker Nyima Nwagua as the new captain of the club.

A statement read; “We are delighted to announce that Festus Austin has been appointed our new team coordinator. Austin, a dedicated solid centre-back during his active days, assumes the new role ahead of the new season, having served dutifully as our captain. We wish Festus Austin every success”.

Austin, who got a new job said; “It’s a thing of joy when you work and people appreciate you. Although it was difficult for me to say goodbye to football professionally, and then crowning my effort with an appointment is a perfect reward. I am happy about it.

“I broke my leg three times and it’s the same leg. My doctor advised me that I should be on the safer side to avoid another one because it would be difficult to get out of it, so I decided to stay away from the game.”