Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has called his maiden call-up to the Nigerian national squad a “dream come true” after he was named in the Super Eagles’ squad for the upcoming friendly with Ukraine.
The Rangers star revealed that he’d spoken with one of the coaches before he was invited to join the squad as he looks to represent the country of his parents’ birth.
”I am very happy, it is a dream come true to receive the call-up,” Aribo said, as quoted by allnigeriasoccer.com.
”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.”
Despite representing England at youth level, Aribo doesn’t need a change of national association to be approved by FIFA meaning there shouldn’t be any red-tape to delay his debut.
Accepting a call-up for the Super Eagles over waiting for the Three Lions could have a drastic effect on Aribo’s career with major African finals often played out of sync with the European calendar – while also adding huge amounts of travel for Aribo.