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Nigeria fans react as Rangers star Joe Aribo shines for his country

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Nigeria fans react as Rangers star Joe Aribo shines for his country

Joe Aribo shined during his first competitive outing on Wednesday evening as he completed the entire 90 minutes of Nigeria’s 2-1 win over Benin in Africa Cup of Nations qualifying – and Nigeria fans applauded the Rangers ace.

Aribo, 23, had previously earned two caps for Nigeria in friendlies against Ukraine and Brazil – scoring in both games to the delight of both Nigeria and Rangers fans. It saw Gernot Rohr opt to start the former Charlton ace on Wednesday night.

Steven Gerrard’s summer signing started in the middle of the park alongside Leicester City superstar Wilfried Ndidi, protecting the back four and feeding Everton ace Alex Iwobi in the number 10 role. The trio combined to dominate possession.

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However, Benin surprised many by taking the lead after just three minutes as former West Brom and Sunderland ace Stephane Sessegnon scored following a mistake from the Nigeria defence. It took Nigeria a while to make the breakthrough.

But striker Victor Osimhen finally dispatched a penalty after Ola Aina was fouled in the penalty area. Bordeaux ace Samu Kalu completed the comeback, taking on a couple of Benin players before finding the back of the net.

After the match, Nigeria fans took to Twitter to heaps praise on Aribo who made just his third appearance for Nigeria and his first competitive outing. Many believe he has finally filled a hole that needed plugging for a while.


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