Former Charlton Athletic player Joe Aribo is thrilled to wear the No. 10 Jersey in the Nigerian Super Eagles.
Aribo was surprisingly given the iconic t-shirt on his debut for Nigeria in a friendly against Ukraine in September 2019.
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Aribo hopes to do justice and carry on the legacy of all the players who have worn the number before him.
‘Getting called up was a surreal feeling and one I definitely didn’t expect, from where I’ve come from but it just showed me how far I’ve come,” Aribo told the Daily Mail.
‘I’ll never forget my first game with the No.10. They left the spot [in the changing room] for me and I didn’t sit there because I was thinking “this can’t be me.”
‘They said “no, this is you” and when I was warming up I was thinking “yo, this is crazy. The ten for Nigeria.” I didn’t know how to feel. A crazy feeling. In football, let alone Nigeria the No.10 shirt is iconic. If you’re wearing it you’ve got to be a good player so I feel like I have to be good.’