Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo made his competitive debut for Nigeria in today’s 2-1 win over Benin to start off qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) – and Super Eagles fans were again delighted with his performance, calling the midfielder a “blessing.”

Aribo had appeared in two friendlies for the Super Eagles before his competitive bow and had impressed against Ukraine and Brazil as Gernot Rohr introduced some new faces to his side ahead of the AFCON qualifiers.

Joe Aribo of Rangers during the Scottish Premier League match between Hearts and Rangers at Tynecastle Park on 20 October, 2019 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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The former Charlton star was named in the starting XI at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo and played the full 90 minutes despite having only had one training session with his team-mates before the game.

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After scoring twice in his previous two games, fans were hoping Aribo would make it three out of three but it wasn’t to be – although the Gers ace did put in another stellar performance to help the Super Eagles on their way to three points.

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Fans were quick to take to Twitter after the final whistle to praise the Rangers midfielder – with one calling him a “blessing” for Rohr’s side after the loss of John Obi Mikel.

Here are some of the best comments from Super Eagles fans after the Rangers star’s competitive international debut:


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