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Barcelona Star, Oshoala Meets President Tinubu, First Lady In Lagos – [Photos]




Barcelona Star, Oshoala Meets President Tinubu, First Lady In Lagos - [Photos]
President Bola Tinubu, Asisat Oshoala and First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu

Super Falcons striker, Asisat Oshoala, arrived at the Lagos residence of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Thursday for a courtesy visit.

Naija News reports that the Barcelona Femini forward was received by the Nigerian leader and First Lady, Oluremi Tinubu, at their home today, days after departing Abuja for Lagos to celebrate the Christmas and New Year festivities.

Recall that Asisat is currently the CAF Women’s Player of the Year. She received her sixth CAF Award recently, making her the footballer with the highest number of Player of the Year accolades in Africa.

Additionally, she was nominated for the Women’s Ballon d’Or for the second consecutive year, being recognized for her outstanding performance in the 2022 edition.

It could also be recalled that on August 7, 2023, the First Lady received members of the Nigerian female football team, the Super Falcons, at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting was after the Super Falcons were knocked out of the FIFA Women’s World Cup by England.

See photos from Asisat’s visit to President Tinubu’s Lagos residence below:

Southampton Coach Russell Martin Hails Super Eagles’ Joe Aribo

Meanwhile, Southampton Coach Russell Martin hailed Nigerian midfielder, Joe Aribo, after he scored his first goal in over a year for the English Championship club.

Naija News reports that Joe Aribo waited for more than 12 months to score for Southampton on Tuesday, December 26, a sign that he is returning to the form he was known for, especially during his days at Glasgow Rangers.

Aribo’s accurate finish from the edge of the box helped Southampton to defeat Swansea 5-0. Nigerian-born English youth international Sam Edoziee scored twice, while Ryan Fraser added a brace after Che Adams had scored the match opener.

The Super Eagles midfielder scored his first goal in four hundred and fifty days in the seventeenth minute. He scored his last goal for the English team on October 1, 2022, in their 2-1 Premier League loss to Everton before they were demoted to the second-tier league at the end of the 2023-2024 season.

After Southampton’s emphatic win over Swansea, Russell told reporters how at ease he had felt starting Joe Aribo against Swansea, describing the Nigerian as “a beast” in training.

“When Joe Aribo wasn’t playing, he didn’t show frustration with the players, he trained like a beast. He would come to speak to me and get his frustration out,” Russell said.

Recall that Aribo started experiencing a lack of form and lack of game time before Southampton were relegated to the Championship at the end of last season. Unfortunately, he has not been able to regain his form consistently aside from in the game against Swansea on Boxing Day.

So far this season, Aribo has managed to start in six games of the eighteen games he has featured in, but the Nigeria international doesn’t see that as an issue.

“For me it’s all about being a good teammate, being there for my boys, because we all go towards it together. There’s no one man in a team, it’s everyone,” Aribo said.

“It’s been a long time coming! Someone asked me earlier on Tuesday ‘What would I want for Christmas?’ and I said ‘to score’, so I’ve got my wish, thankful to God.”

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