The mercurial midfielder enjoyed a goalscoring debut for the Nigeria national team and he has made it clear that the game against Ukraine is one he would not forget in a hurry.
Joe Aribo was handed his first start for the Super Eagles, the only one among four first time invitees, and he delivered a man-of-the-match performance to help Nigeria to a 2-2 draw against Ukraine at the Dnipro Arena, Tuesday night.
The Glasgow Rangers midfielder has now taken time to express his delight at playing for his beloved country and grabbing a delightful goal to boot.
“Buzzing to make my debut for @NGSuperEagles unfortunate with the result but happy to score on my debut, a special day for me & my family and one I’ll remember. Thank you God,” Aribo wrote on his official Twitter handle.
Buzzing to make my debut for @NGSuperEagles unfortunate with the result but happy to score on my debut, a special day for me & my family and one I’ll remember. Thank you God🙏🏾 🇳🇬🦅 #SoarSuperEagles pic.twitter.com/DT0Xxr08oW
— Joe Aribo (@J_Aribo19) September 11, 2019
Ukraine, ranked 24th by FIFA, were the favourites heading into the match. However, four minutes into the game and Nigeria had the lead, no small thanks to Samuel Kalu who weaved and turned on the edge of the box before releasing Alex Iwobi, who in turn fed the ball into the six-yard area where Aribo was on hand to turn it home.
Joe Aribo Goal for Nigeria 🇳🇬 Vs Ukraine 🇺🇦
— AccessBET (@AccessBET) September 10, 2019
Another goal from Victor Osimhen doubled Nigeria’s lead in the first half but a second half capitulation saw Ukraine rally to earn a draw.