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, September 20, 2022 WIB

Joe Aribo Disqualified To Play Algeria Friendly Match



Fresh facts have emerged on why Joe Aribo is missing from Nigeria’s squad for next week’s international friendly against Algeria in Oran.

A 22-man squad was published on Saturday by the Nigeria Football Federation with the Southampton midfielder not listed.

According to the report, the midfielder was asked to be excused from the game to settle well with his new club.

“The coach (Jose Peseiro) wants to test some other players in the central midfield position and that’s why Raphael Onyedika was invited,” to fill in the gap.

“Also, his (Aribo) exclusion is to help him settle in well at his new club though there are some personal issues he wants to sort out.”

Meanwhile, Southampton coach, Ralph Hasenhuttl, believes the international break came at a perfect time for the Saints to analyse their recent performances and together work on their performances.

“It would be good if everybody is here but it isn’t. We will have some players here, I think seven or eight, but still a few ones that started here today,” Hasenhuttl said.

Of the outfield players, Hasenhuttl could still have Kyle Walker-Peters, Lyanco, Romain Perraud, Ibrahima Diallo, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Theo Walcott, Adam Armstrong and Aribo.

“We have definitely time to analyse what happened in the last two away games because they are very similar. In the last time we had chances but at Villa it was a step back I must say,” the manager added.

“We have to be very clear how we want to play and what we want to do to be better.”

Saints will next play on Saturday, October 1, when they welcome Everton to St Mary’s in their eighth Premier League clash of the campaign.