December, 28 2023.
In a dazzling display of skill and finesse, Super Eagles midfielder Joe Aribo showcased his brilliance, securing his first goal of the season for Southampton in a commanding 5-0 triumph against Swansea City during Tuesday's Championship clash.
The Nigerian international, left a mark on his 18th appearance, opening the scoring in the 17th minute with a display reminiscent of his glory days at Glasgow Rangers. Seizing an opportunity arising from Sam Edozie's dynamic run and cross, Aribo capitalized on Swansea's defensive lapse, finding the back of the net and setting off jubilation among the home supporters.
With the African Cup of Nations just around the corner, the midfielder is picking form just at the right time. The former Rangers man is enjoying a new lease of life, starting the Saint's last five games, as he has helped his team ascend to the third position on the log.
On his goal, Aribo said, "It is an amazing feeling for me and a long time coming."
Joe Aribo's standout performance not only contributed a crucial goal but also epitomized Southampton's drive for success. His adept goal-scoring ability and overall impact on the game underscored his importance to the team's pursuit of a return to the English Premier League.
With the AFCON looming, Southampton coach Russell Martin has stated that the club will not stop the Nigerian midfielder, if he is selected by Coach Jose Peseiro to represent Nigeria in Ivory Coast.