Rangers star Joe Aribo has been given a World Cup boost, as Nigeria has been seeded for the African World Cup playoffs, which are drawn on January 22.
The Super Eagles have managed to avoid ties against tricky opponents such as Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia, and Morocco, although they could face potentially difficult matches if they are drawn against Egypt or Cameroon.
The Rangers midfielder is currently part of Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations squad, with the competition kicking off on January 9. He will wear the iconic number ten jersey.
Aribo will be hoping to lead his country to glory in the biggest competition on the continent for the fourth time, however, they face an uphill task, with Algeria and Senegal the two teams to beat.
The 25-year-old is the only Rangers representative in the Nigeria squad, as Leon Balogun had to withdraw due to injury and rising star Calvin Bassey missed out completely, which was a shock as he has been in excellent form of late.
The midfielder has been in sensational form this season, contributing 6 goals and three assists so far as the Ibrox side hold a six-point advantage at the top of the league table and have progressed in Europe.
The Rangers faithful will be following Nigeria’s progress closely, with eyes on Aribo’s contribution, in particular, being examined. If he does well, then the player’s value could rise and give Rangers a greater financial windfall when he inevitably leaves Ibrox.
Hopefully, this isn’t for a while yet, although if he keeps performing how he has done recently, the summer transfer window will prove to be very interesting.