Nigeria’s Sports Minister Showers Encomiums On UEL Champion, Lookman; Hails Boniface,Tella On Stellar Season

Nigeria’s Sports Minister Showers Encomiums On UEL Champion, Lookman; Hails Boniface,Tella On Stellar Season

Nigeria’s Minister of Sports Development, Senator John Owan Enoh, has showered encomiums on Super Eagles winger Ademola Lookman for his extraordinary performance for Atalanta B.C. in the 2023/2024 UEFA Europa League final victory against Bayer Leverkusen.

Lookman scored a historic hat-trick, leading Atalanta to their first European title at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland on Wednesday night.

Lookman’s three goals secured a 3-0 victory for Atalanta against Bayer Leverkusen, ending their opponents’ 51-game undefeated streak and marking the first-ever hat-trick in a Europa League final. This victory also signifies Atalanta’s second major trophy, their first since winning the Coppa Italia 61 years ago.

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Lookman scored the opener in the 12th minute through superior sharpness, before hitting a brace with a fine curler in the 26th minute. He secured his hat trick in the 75th with a pile-driver hit of a goal.


In his congratulatory message, Senator Enoh praised Lookman’s exceptional talent and dedication, which have brought immense pride to Nigeria.

“Ademola Lookman has demonstrated remarkable skill and resilience, leading Atalanta to a historic victory. His performance in the Europa League final was nothing short of spectacular, and he has made Nigeria proud on the global stage. We celebrate his achievement and look forward to many more milestones in his career with club and country,” said Senator Enoh.

The Sports Minister also extended his congratulations to Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella, who played pivotal roles in leading Bayer Leverkusen to the 2023/2024 Europa League final. Their contributions were integral in securing the German Bundesliga title, with the German Cup still within reach.

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Senator Enoh added: “Victor Boniface and Nathan Tella have also shown exceptional prowess and determination throughout the season. Their journey to the Europa League final and success in the Bundesliga is commendable. They serve as an inspiration to young athletes in Nigeria and around the world. I urge them to take pride in their performances and success this season.

“The Nigerian football community celebrates these achievements, reflecting the growing influence and talent of Nigerian players in international football.”

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