Legendary Nigeria goalkeeper Joseph Dosu has previewed his country’s friendly clash with Ukraine, as quoted by the Scottish Sun.
Several players are likely to make their debuts for the Super Eagles, including Gers midfielder, Joe Aribo.
The 23-year-old was called up for the first time recently by Gernot Rohr and will be keen to showcase his abilities.
Yet, Dosu has urged the fans to be patient with all the new arrivals, who can’t be expected to slot straight into the side and excel.
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“It has become a norm in our football that when new players are invited to the Super Eagles, we always expect them to deliver as soon as possible,” said Dosu, as quoted by the Scottish Sun. “I really don’t think that is very easy considering the fact that many of them may not really impress in their first game.”
“A few of them tend to win the heart of Nigerians by trying to impress, thereby putting themselves under immense pressure. These are things we have seen in the past and I think that has to change.
“I wouldn’t want Nigerians to judge some of the newly invited players such as Joe Aribo, Emil Maduka Okoye, Josh Maja, and Emmanuel Dennis by the Ukraine friendly.”
It’s a sign of the impression Aribo has made during his first few months at Rangers, that he’s already earned a maiden international call-up.
Judging by Dosu’s comments, there’s clearly a lot of hype and pressure surrounding the national team. Therefore, perhaps it’s not a bad thing that the 23-year-old’s first outing is set to come in a friendly staged away from home.
He was ineffective when played out of position in the recent Old Firm defeat. Yet, there’s no doubt this guy is a classy operator with all the tools to succeed on the international stage.
Unfortunately for Gerrard, this fixture doesn’t take place until Tuesday evening, leaving less than optimal recovery time ahead of the Gers clash against Livingston on Saturday. Nonetheless, let’s hope Aribo can make his debut, before returning with renewed confidence following his first experience of an international camp.