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By Timothy Akintola

Check out news on Victor Boniface, Lijnders, Boston Celtics, Bruno and Chelsea.

Victor Boniface wins the Bundesliga rookie of the season award.

Bayer Leverkusen striker, Victor Boniface has won the 2023/2024 Bundesliga rookie of the season award, beating Borussia Dortmund’s Ian Maatsen, Xavi Simons and Maximillian Beier to the award. The Nigerian forward has had an instant impact since his summer move to the German club, with 14 goals and 9 assists in 22 league games. He also won the rookie of the month award four times before his unfortunate injury which saw him miss the just concluded 2023 AFCON tournament. All thanks to his consistent form, Boniface was also included in the Bundesliga team of the season. With the league already secured and a Europa League final qualification in the pocket, Boniface will no doubt be in contention for African player of the year award.

Pep Lijnders has been appointed as new RB Salzburg head coach.

Jürgen Klopp’s assistant manager at Liverpool, Pep Lijnders is set to take on his first role as head coach next season as he has been appointed as the new manager of Austrian giant, RB Leipzig. Lijnders joined Liverpool in 2014 as the team development coach but his impressive performances saw him rise to the role of assistant manager in 2015 under Brendan Rodgers and Klopp. With Jürgen Klopp leaving Liverpool at the end of the season, this seems like the best move for Lijnders who will be taking Liverpool’s development coach, Vitor Manos as one of his coaching staff for the new adventure.

The Boston Celtics advance to the Eastern Conference finals.

After a highly entertaining series, the Boston Celtics have eliminated the Cleveland Cavaliers to advance to the Eastern Conference finals, their 6th in the last 8 years. The top-seeded Celtics beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98 to close the series at 4-1. Jayson Tatum was the Celtics’ best player with 25 points and 9 assists. In the absence of Donovan Mitchell, Evan Mobley led the Cavaliers to a decent fight with 33 points in game 5. The Boston Celtics will face the winner of the Knicks vs Pacers series for the Eastern conference finals.

Bruno Fernandes comments on his future after United defeats Newcastle.

Manchester United, despite a turbulent season, set the tone right on Wednesday evening with a beautiful 3-2 win over Newcastle at Old Trafford. This coincides with Bruno Fernandes’ return after two games out which the team lost. The Portuguese player was phenomenal all night, setting up Rasmus Højlund for a beautiful goal. With recent rumours pointing to a potential summer move from the midfielder, Bruno has assured Manchester United fans that he would be at the club for as long as the club needs him. He said, “I will be here till when the club wants me to go. If for some reason they don’t want me, then I’ll go.” Manchester United will be looking to rebuild the team with Bruno Fernandes as the captain.

Palmer and Nkunku helps Chelsea secure a fourth consecutive league win.

Chelsea has been on an impressive run over the last month, winning consecutive league games and moving up on the PL table. The club’s talisman, Cole Palmer gave Chelsea the lead over Brighton on Wednesday night with a bullet header to increase his PL goal tally to 22 for the season. New signing, Christopher Nkunku doubled the lead in the 64th minute before Danny Welbeck scored a consolation goal for Brighton in the 97th minute. Chelsea have now won four consecutive Premier League games for the first time this season, rising to 6th on the PL table. They will be hoping to defeat Bournemouth on Sunday.

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