Aribo glad to hit ground running for Southampton after AFCON duties

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Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo has claimed that he watched every Southampton game while he was away at AFCON in Abidjan and is grateful to be welcomed massively back, reports OwoSports.com.ng.

The 27 year old was a shining light in Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat to Hull City with his performance and goal from the bench.
It was the Nigerian international’s second substitute appearance since returning from the Ivory Coast and he is now in line to start.
Aribo was unable to help his country secure a gold medal after defeat to Ivory Coast in the competition final nearly two weeks ago.
Speaking to the Daily Echo, Aribo said: “I have been welcomed massively and it is always nice to feel the love from all the people around.
“It is important to make an immediate mark when you have been away for a long time. You worry whether it might take a long time to get back into it.
“It was important for me to hit the ground running and put in performances that I know I am capable of.”
He added: “For me, I wanted to come on, change the game and make an impact. When you are not playing well, you need a reaction.
“That was what the manager said to me, to leave it out all there and give your all.
“I watched every single game while I was away, cheering the boys on – which was a good feeling.
“For me, it is about the team and as long as we are winning, it doesn’t matter if I am playing or if I am not playing.”
Although Aribo’s Nigeria was beaten 2-1 in the final in Abijdan, thanks to a Seb Haller winner, he created memories to cherish.
Aribo added five caps to his collection, including five minutes in the final as his nation hunted for an equaliser.
“It was an amazing experience and one that I would not take away,” the former Rangers man said.

 

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