Nigeria vs South Africa: Why I kept Victor Boniface on bench – Finidi George

Super Eagles head coach, Finidi George has revealed the reason behind his decision not to play Victor Boniface in Friday’s 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying encounter against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Southampton striker, Paul Onuachu was preferred to lead the team’s attack in the absence of Victor Osimhen.

Terem Moffi took Onuachu’s place 10 minutes from time

Boniface was however left on the bench for the entire duration of the encounter despite the Super Eagles struggles in attack.

Finidi revealed the injury sustained by Semi Ajayi late in the game made him change his mind on Boniface’s introduction

“We wanted to introduce Boniface and Moffi, but Semi had a knock and we had to take him off and introduce Moffi and Onyedika.

“The fans and media would shout for different players, if they don’t perform well, the shout will be, take him off. Allow us to do our jobs.”

The Super Eagles will now shift attention to Monday’s clash against the Squirrels of Benin Republic at the Felix Houphouet Boigny, Stadium, Abidjan.