Super Eagles legend Taribo West has belittled Rangers star Joe Aribo after he says he’s too weak to play for Nigeria.
The Ibrox midfielder has made four appearances for Nigeria since making his debut last year, scoring two goals and being widely praised by pundits.
The Score Nigeria recalls that the 23-year-old attacking midfielder moved to Rangers on a free from Charlton, Aribo’s form has been up and down as he gets used to Scottish football for Steven Gerrard’s men, but his goals against Brazil and Ukraine have earned him plaudits in Nigeria.
But he’s not convinced former Inter Milan, AC Milan and Derby County defender West, who doesn’t think he’s cut out to play for his country and believes Getafe star Oghenekaro Etebo should play instead.
West said: “I’ve watched Joe Aribo play for Nigeria, but in my view, it’s clear he is yet to come to terms with it.
“There’s no other way of putting this – I think Joe is not a bad player, but he needs time to adjust to African football. It’s not the same as playing in Europe.
“In Africa, there’s no time on the ball and for me, Oghenekaro Etebo is a far better option, He’s quick, physical and reads the game. He should get Joe Aribo’s spot when he comes back.
“African football is just too physical for Joe.”