Glasgow Rangers midfielder, Joe Aribo has played down comparisons between himself and Super Eagles hero Austin Jay-Jay Okocha, saying his shoes were too big to fill.
Since starring on his international debut against Ukraine in September 2019, Aribo has made the number 10 jersey his own – same shirt number worn with pride by Okocha before he called time on his international career in 2006.
Aribo has lavished praise on the former Paris Saint-Germain star, calling him a Super Eagles legend.
In a media parley with jounalists at the Eko Hotels & Suites earlier this week, Aribo said: “Jay Jay Okocha is legendary, he is a legend. He is amazing. Even if I could fill his shoes in the slightest, I will be happy with that.
“But I wouldn’t say I necessarily feel pressure. I know what the No. 10 shirt means to the nation.
“But I’ll just say that I just need to be the best that I can be and give the best; what I can do for the team to help the team.
“But in terms of filling the shoes, I can’t fill Jay Jay’s shoes. He’s different level, honestly. He is a legend.”
Aribo has started all the four matches played by the Super Eagles in the race for Cameroon but has yet to get on the scoresheet after netting twice in his first two games.