Rangers star Joe Aribo has been lauded by Nigeria fans after touching down in Lagos ahead of a pair of crucial Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.
Aribo struggled to make an impact in Sunday’s Old Firm at Celtic Park but has had a strong season in Light Blue, playing both in midfield and as an inside forward.
He’s made 35 appearances in total, scoring seven goals and notching four assists, and after 55 was secured earlier this month, he now has a first major honour under his belt.
Aribo touched down on Monday evening ahead of AFCON qualifiers against Benin and Lesotho and when the official Super Eagles Twitter account posted a picture of him at the team hotel, he was lauded by excited supporters.
I can’t wait to see the combination of Ejaria Aribo and iwobi/ olise forming our midfield trident
— LẸSHI Ọ́LANREWAJU A (@Leshimain) March 22, 2021
I can’t wait to see this Don with Iwobi and Olise on the pitch at the same time!!
— Zik_Makaveli (@MakaveliZik) March 22, 2021
My favourite midfielder Aribo👏🏾
— Acetimes (@collinsobinna00) March 22, 2021
Aribo😍 best attack midfielder in the world
— Nubi Precious (@NubiSouth) March 23, 2021
— Brightest Star (@sirius_ubah) March 22, 2021
Rangers defender Leon Balogun, who had a tough time at right-back against Celtic at the weekend but assisted Alfredo Morelos’ goal, has also completed the 4000-mile journey to the West African nation.
Nigeria face Benin away in Port-Novo on Saturday before returning to Lagos to take on Lesotho on Tuesday.
Given the strength of their squad, they should be confident that they can secure two victories.
However, the Super Eagles drew their previous two qualifiers against lowly Sierra Leone, ensuring that they still require at least one win from these final two matches to guarantee their place at AFCON 2022 in Cameroon [Goal.com].
Meanwhile, a Rangers star has had to pull out of international duty after suffering an injury setback.