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Gboly Jets off with USA U20s

4 September 2014

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New Spireites signing Gboly Ariyibi is currently jetting over the Atlantic to Argentina, where he will represent USA U20s for the first time.

Originally planning to leave prior to the Johnstone's Paint Trophy tie at Scunthorpe United, Ariyibi postponed his flight to South America after manager Paul Cook informed him he'd be in-line for his debut at Glanford Park. 

Ariyibi, who signed on a free after leaving Leeds United, was born in the USA and has chosen to represent the country of his birth despite living in England for most of his life. 

He said: “I’m delighted that I got the call-up, I’ve been waiting for this opportunity for a while.”

The pacey winger has Nigerian parents, but has an auntie who lives in Virginia, USA and was born while his mother was visiting her sister in America, giving him the right to an American passport and in turn, an international call up.

Ariyibi said: “They called me up a few months back but I didn't got the chance to go while I was at Leeds.

“This time I answered the call and I’m going over there to join a camp in preparation for the under-20s World Cup.”

The 19-year-old will have to board a 13-hour flight to Buenos Aires but is looking forward to his involvement with the USA team.

Aryibi said: “I’m buzzing, we’ve got one or two friendlies before we play Argentina on September 9 so that should be good.

“This will be my first involvement with the national team so I’m just looking forward to taking the opportunity to represent my country, it’s an honour.”

This year sees a big period of change for Ariyibi. New to the Chesterfield team, he has been getting to know the other Spireites players since his move but will now have to settle into another squad in a relatively short space of time when he links up with his international team-mates in Argentina. 

He said: “I’ve been doing a bit of research, there are one or two players from England but I’m the only one who’s grown up here, the majority of them play in the MLS.

“They’ve all attended many more camps than me, so they’ll be more experienced in that sense but at the end of the day, we’ve all been picked for a reason and I just need to show them what I’m all about.”

Playing and training with Chesterfield has given Ariyibi a new and beneficial experience that he can take to Argentina.

He said: “I’ll take some first team experience with me, playing at a good standard, at a good club. I’ll be representing Chesterfield while I’m over there.” 


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