Glasgow Rangers of Scotland midfielder, Joe Aribo has stated delight with his first ever invitation to the Super Eagles, as he says it is a dream come true for him to get a chance of playing for the Nigerian national team, and thanked God for making it possible.
The former Charlton Athletic of England rising star, whose full names are Joseph Oluwaseyi Temitope Ayodele-Aribo, added that, although her has was born in England and had the opportunity of one day playing for The Three Lions at full senior level, he is already relishing the prospect of lining out in his father’s country’s green-and-white jersey.
Born 21 July 1996 in Camberwell, London, England, Aribo first played for Staines Town in the Isthmian League, during which he won the club’s top academy player of the year award in April 2014.
Aribo joined Charlton Athletic in September 2015 and signed a full one-year contract in May 2016, after which he made his first team debut as a 62nd minute substitute in a 2–0 loss at home against Crawley Town in an EFL Trophy group stage match at The Valley on 16 October 2016.
Aribo, who was offered a new contract by Charlton at the end of the past season, but instead opted to sign a four-year deal with Rangers, says his strengths are ‘driving with the ball and getting up the pitch.’
He has gone on to score in the ongoing UEFA Europa League qualifiers for Rangers, with which he made his competitive debut on July 9th, in a 4–0 win over St Joseph’s of Gibraltar in the same competition.
Aribo has now got Nigeria’s call from Eagles’ coach, Gernot Rohr, who has been impressed by the lad’s excellent start to life at the Scottish Premiership side, where his offensive and defensive attributes have been complimented with three goals in his last four games.
He promptly admitted how thrilled he was to hear the news of his call-up from his agent, but recalled how he actually made the move to get the invitation by speaking with one of Rohr’s assistants earlier on.
Aribo told allnigeriasoccer.com: ”I am very happy, it is a dream come true to receive the call-up. My agent was the first person to inform me that I was invited to the Super Eagles. I had spoken to one of the assistant coaches in the team before the invitation.”