The youngster gave fans inside the Mobolaji Johnson Arena a moment to cherish for a long time after pulling off a couple of tricks that reminded many of the Super Eagles legend
Paul Aderibigbe scored a goal-of-the-season contender that powered Ikorodu City FC to a thrilling 2-1 victory over visiting Warri Wolves in their Nigerian National League clash on Saturday, Soccernet.ng reports.
Aderibigbe produced a moment of sheer brilliance minutes into the second half of his team’s tough battle and left many supporters speechless.
Ikorodu were already one-nil up – courtesy of a fine Musa Habeed header from an excellent Gidado corner midway through the first half – when Aderibigbe decided to take matters into his own hands.
The 21-year-old received the ball on the right flank and appeared to pose no danger to the Warri Wolves’ defence from that far out wide.
However, Aderibigbe conjured a few side steps, full rotation, and nutmeg to dance past four defenders before hitting a rocket past the goalkeeper.
Paul parted the Red Sea 🌊 Give him the Puskas for 2024 already— IkoroduCityFC (@IkoroduCityFC) January 7, 2024
You won’t see a better goal than this.
📞 Hello FIFA, Paul Aderibigbe did it#PaulToTheWorld#OgaBoys | #WeAreIkoroduCityFC pic.twitter.com/iQ6zM7Jf2k
It was a goal that had enough tricks and dazzles that would have made Super Eagles great, Austin Okocha proud.
Warri Wolves reduced the deficit in the 75th minute of the clash, but nothing could take the shine off Aderibigbe’s excellent strike and the three points in the bag for Ikorodu City FC.
What a way to start 2024. Atmosphere was electric from our amazing fans as usual. An important win, proud of our team effort and relentless pursuit to get all the 3pts. It's all in our hands now.— Paul Aderibigbe (@paul_aderibigbe) January 6, 2024
Also, happy to get on the score sheet too. Glory to the most high🙌🏿 #PaulToTheWorld pic.twitter.com/fD4ghyme7g
Ikorodu FC, with the win over Warri Wolves, climbed to second place behind Crown FC on the NNL table as the Oga Boys boast 11 points from their six games played.
The Lagos-based club has claimed three victories and two draws so far this season, losing only once to Giant Brillars.
Ikorodu City FC are the form team of the division, having lost none of their last five matches.