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How did Rangers duo Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo fare for Nigeria yesterday?

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How did Rangers duo Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo fare for Nigeria yesterday?

Glasgow Rangers duo Leon Balogun and Joe Aribo are heading back to Ibrox after featuring in their nation’s final international fixture of the year.

Both Light Blues players took part in Nigeria’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifying double header against Sierra Leone this month.

Balogun was named on the bench for the 4-4 draw in Benin City at the weekend, replacing Semi Ajayi in the 61st minute, while Aribo played the full 90 minutes.

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Nigeria surged into a four-goal lead in that game, only to capitulate for a share of the spoils, so the squad was eager to make amends in Freetown on Tuesday.

While the Super Eagles were stronger at the back, this time it was the attack that failed to impress, and the final result was a goalless draw.

Balogun put in a fairly decent display, with Goal.com and Allnigeriasoccer both rating him 6 out of 10 for his efforts in the Sierra Leonean capital.

 

Goal.com wrote: “Made Troost-Ekong more comfortable and mostly did what he had to with minimal fuss.”

Allnigeriasoccer, meanwhile, said: “The Rangers man was back in the frame after his injury in Benin on Friday. Helped shore up the Eagles defence.”

As for Aribo, Goal.com gave him 4.5 out of 10 and wrote: “Played on till the second-half, but was largely peripheral for the second game running in midfield. Withdrawn in the final 10 minutes.”

Allnigeriasoccer awarded him 5 out of 10 and added: “A subdued performance in the first half but an improved showing after the break.

“The Rangers man has struggled in previous matches played on African pitches and today was no different.”

The result meant that the three-time African champions maintain their lead in Group L, but it wasn’t enough to confirm their qualification for the Africa Cup of Nations finals.

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