After missing out on the 2022 World cup in Qatar, Joe Ayodele Aribo has apologized for the team’s disappointing miss.
Joe Aribo, 25, told BBC Sports Africa that he was disappointed not to qualify for the World Cup with Nigeria but believes that the tean is now structured to forge ahead and achieve many other things.
Super Eagles had earlier suffered a disappointing surprise loss to Tunisia in the AFCON round of 16 despite having a perfect group stage record.
However, the new Super Eagles manager Jose Peseiro has already won his first two competitive gane for Nigeria and could be on the verge of starting a ‘new chapter’.
“I just want to say I’m sorry because I know how disappointing it was not going to the World Cup. But we’ll be back I know that for sure,” Aribo told BBC Sports Africa.
“We just need to grow with this new manager. It’s a new chapter and we just need to get together and stay strong as a team, and we’ll get to where we need to be.”
Despite winning the Scottish Cup, the 25-year-old could not help Rangers defend their Scottish Premiership losing out to long term rivals, Celtics.
The Scottish Premiership loss and UEFA Europa League loss to Eintracht Frankfurt took a toll on Joe Aribo and his Rangers teammate in what was a tough but successful season.
“As you know football is like a rollercoaster, it has its ups and downs, but I’ve enjoyed it all,” he said.
“It’s been a long season and I played a lot of games but as a whole I’m happy to get silverware. A bit disappointed about the league and Europa League defeat, but to win a trophy is a good thing.
“Before I came to Scotland I didn’t realise how big and special the club is or imagine having the most passionate fans around us. They’re the best fans.
“I am happy to be writing a good story with the club and we go again next season with the hope of winning silverware.”
Aribo who played the most marches in Europe last season is gearing up for another exciting campaign in Scotland.