Joe Aribo: Why i chose Nigeria over England

Author: Futaa Sports
Joe Aribo

Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo has explained that  players such as Austin Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu as well as his family, inspired him to play for Nigeria ahead of England in his international career.


Aribo made his debut for Nigeria in a 2-2 draw against Ukraine in Dnipro where he also scored the first goal.

“I knew a few of the lads such as Ola Aina and Alex Iwobi and they all welcomed me and made me feel at home.

“I read the headline where a journalist compared me to Okocha after the Ukraine game – that’s putting a lot of pressure on me!

“I could have played for England, but my parents are from Nigeria, and I always watched players like Jay-Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu as a kid.

The 23-year-old was reported to have suffered a head injury in Rangers' 1-0 win over Livingston in Wednesday's Scottish League Cup fixture.