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Joe Aribo: I Was Always A Shy Player, Doubted If I Was Good Enough – Latest Sports and Football News in Nigeria


Joe Aribo has admitted that he was always a shy .er and feared he might not be good enough to make it at the top level.

From a youngster at Staines Town F.C. in the English lower divisions, the midfielder has transformed into a key .er for both club and country over the last couple of years.

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Aribo .ed a total of 70 games in the 2021/22 season which was the most of any .er on the planet. He made 57 of those appearances for Rangers and another 13 for the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

“Funnily enough I was always this shy .er with doubts in my own ability,” Aribo said in an interview with BBC Sport Africa.

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The 25-year-old revealed that having the ‘right people’ around him has helped him gain self-belief. He continued:

“But now I have self-belief, because I have the right people around me to give me that confidence to say ‘yes, you’re the man that’s going to take on the game and change the game’.

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“Some people like to take centre stage in everything they do in life, but I prefer to stay in the background and let others talk about my performance on the pitch.

“I must say I am no longer the .er I was after going through that phase [of self-doubt]. I am grateful to the manager for the trust, and my team-mates for believing in me and supporting me.”

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Quizzed on his future, the former Charlton Athletic .er said: “With all that stuff I don’t really read into it and I just focus on my football, because you can’t have distractions as it won’t allow you to . the best and be the best that you want to be. Which is obviously what I want to be every time I .. I just want to be focused and ready to go.”



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