Nigeria: "Comparing Me With Okocha Puts Me Under Pressure"... Joe Aribo

Nigeria: "Comparing Me With Okocha Puts Me Under Pressure"... Joe Aribo

Nigeria international, Joe Aribo, revealed how he felt about being compared to ex-Super Eagles star, Jay-Jay Okocha.

The 23-year-old talked about the comparison between Okocha and him...

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 Rangers who midfielder scored the first goal in Nigeria's friendly match against Ukraine and was awarded the Man of the Match by the fans. Rohr, who was impressed with his performance, invited him for the game against Brazil.

The Super Eagles coach had this to say about Aribo...

One of the new players, Joe Aribo, impressed me so much that I now regard him as an important member of the team and so he will play against Brazil.

Aribo, who can't wait to show his skills for Nigeria once more, also talked about the upcoming Brazil match...

Nigeria: "Comparing Me With Okocha Puts Me Under Pressure"... Joe Aribo

Games don’t come much bigger than Brazil and we know they’ve got a lot of stars like Neymar. That’s the type of opponents I want to be playing against and it would be good to swap a jersey with one of those superstars. I’ll see so many stars and I’ll take a moment to realize that's what I’ve been dreaming of.

He also added...

Everyone in my generation loved players like Ronaldinho and he played with some of the players in this team now so it’s like ‘wow’. I didn’t think international recognition would come so soon but it shows the stature of Rangers and why it was a good decision to come here. The manager watched the game and congratulated me on my debut goal against Ukraine. I wouldn’t say it was much of a step up from Rangers but it was good to play against opponents like that because Ukraine has a lot of top players.

The Ranger FC midfielder talked about how happy he is being called to play again...

It was very good news to be called up to the Nigeria squad again. I’m happy I was able to do enough in the last game to earn a recall. 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.

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