Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has explained his desire to score in every game he plays for the Nigerian national team. The 24-year-old will be expected to play a significant role when the Super Eagles take on the Leone Stars in an Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game on Friday.
Aribo has been delivering impressive performances for the West Africans since making a goalscoring debut against Ukraine in October 2019.
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The versatile midfielder has now bagged two goals in four appearances for the three-time African champions. Aribo missed Nigeria’s friendlies against Algeria and Tunisia in October due to injury problems but having rejoined the side, he hopes to continue his impressive showings for Gernot Rohr’s men.
“I’m enjoying it here in Benin. It’s very overwhelming and I’m happy to see that the fans are here with us and they’re supporting us so it’s a good feeling,” Aribo told Super Eagles media. “I bring energy, I want to play fast and just make it hard for my opponent and win the game of course.”
“Hopefully by God’s grace, that’s the aim, I want to score goals every single game I play but I want to just do all I can for the team to get the result that we can get”. Nigeria is leading Group L with six points from two games after victories over the Republic of Benin and Lesotho.
The return fixture will be played in Freetown on November 17 and victories in the games for the Super Eagles could see them secure a place in the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon. Nigeria finished third at the last edition of the continental tournament in Egypt, with Algeria and Senegal beating them to the gold and silver medals.