Glasgow Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo is currently away from Ibrox on international duty.
The Light Blues ace played the full 90 minutes for Nigeria last night in a dramatic Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against Sierra Leone in Benin City.
Aribo was deployed in a midfield three alongside Stoke loanee Oghenekaro Etebo – currently at Galatasaray – and Everton attacker Alex Iwobi.
Nigeria were dominant in the first half and raced into an emphatic four-goal lead by the half-hour mark, Iwobi scoring a brace alongside goals from Victor Osimhen and Samuel Chukwueze.
However, the visitors rallied round to stage a remarkable comeback, Kwame Quee netting before the break to make it 4-1.
In the second half, an Alhaji Kamara brace, either side of a Mustapha Dumbu goal, ensured a share of the spoils for both sides.
Aribo’s display yielded mixed reviews, with some fans thinking he was great and others claiming he wasn’t as good, though a fair few noted he got tired at the end.
Here is what some fans made of Aribo’s performance:
Aribo was very tired and I expected Rohr to move Ajayi to the middle, bring in Ola Aina and move Akpoguma to the center. Rather he brought on Onuachu who have no positioning sense and can’t play without the ball by making runs hence cost us 2 vital points. Rohr is very stubborn
— oko kalu emole (@okoemole) November 13, 2020
Joe Aribo was my best player man, u will agree with me that he would have done better and gotten more goals right
— De Game’s Pinnacle (@DePinnacle) November 13, 2020
Nigeria 4-1 Sierra Leone:
– 65th minute: Balogun Substituted.
– 72nd minute: Nigeria 4-2 Sierra Leone.
– 81st minute: Nigeria 4-3 Sierra Leone.
– 86th minute: Nigeria 4-4 Sierra Leone.
– Joe Aribo with a solid performance too!
— danny (@dannygrant_) November 13, 2020
Joe Aribo was a disaster all through the contest
— Ogunsanya Kayode (Kay_klassy) (@kay_klassy) November 13, 2020
Nigeria Vs Sierra Leone
Maduka lacks awareness
Troost Ekong was horrible
Balogun was average
Semi Ajayi doesn’t know his best position
Sanusi overlaps and doesn’t fall back
Etebo had a great game
Aribo got tired in the 2Half pic.twitter.com/xdmJxc4wsy
— Rash (@demorash009) November 13, 2020
Okoye – Not ripe for SE
Akpoguma – Shouldn’t start ahead of Aina/Ebuehi
Balogun – Should ve continued
Iwobi – Great 1st half poor 2nd
Aribo -Got tired in SH
Osimhen – World class
Chukwueze – Exciting
Rohr – Sentimental & tactically poor
NDIDI – Badly Missed
— FAST TRACK (@FastTrackNaija) November 13, 2020
1. Maduka still needs to learn from his seniors.
2.Rohr doesn’t understand his team.
3.Aribo struggles with physicality.
4.Akpoguma isn’t a proper right back.
5.Some players have no business with the team.
6.The defence is still a problem
— KoredeTella (@AManlikeKore) November 13, 2020