My Father Wanted Me To Be A Mechanic, But Destiny Made Me A World-Class Soccer Star -- Taribo West
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My Father Wanted Me To Be A Mechanic, But Destiny Made Me A World-Class Soccer Star — Taribo West


By Boye Ajayi

Taribo West, Ex- Super Eagles Rock solid defender, has said that he became a world -famous soccer star against his father’s plan for him to be a mechanic, reports Persecondnews.

“My journey to being a world-famous soccer player wasn’t easy. The war started right from my father’s house in far-away Port Harcourt, some decades ago.

“My father actually wanted me to be a roadside mechanic,” the former Super Eagles defender and AC Milan of Italy player, Taribo West, said on Sunday.

Narrating the story of his life further, he said his mum disapproved of his father’s wish that he should be a mechanic.

His words: “My mother resisted strongly. She begged and begged him to allow me have, at least, a secondary school education, but he refused.

“The struggle led me to running away from my father’s house in Port Harcourt, many years ago, at a very tender age, to Lagos, and there stated my struggles”.

Taribo West spoke during an occasion to honour him with Lifetime Achievement award, by a Lagos-based media company, Our Moment Newspaper, in Lagos.

(R) Taribo West on the field

The former Super Eagles Defender was honoured alongside some Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in their various fields.

The other award recipients include Nollywood actor, Segun Arinze; newscaster, entertainer and actor) Jide Alabi, immediate past President of the Directors Guild of Nigeria (DGN), Fred Amata, Chairman, Photojournalists Association of Nigeria (PJAN), Abiodun Ajala.

Taribo West went on: “But, I thank God that all that is history now. I am the rejected stone that later became the corner stone of the house”.

When asked what business he ventured into after retiring from football, he said: “After quitting football, I ventured into football academy, philanthropy and missionary work.

“I run a football academy in Lagos where we discover and train young talents for European clubs. “I am involved in philanthropic works where we assist so many indigent students and business men and women.

“Then, I am the General Overseer of Shelter in the Storm Ministry, an end-time deliverance church in Lagos.”

He thanked the organisers of the award for picking him ahead of many former Super Eagles players.

“I thank the organisers of this award for honouring me today. I am indeed grateful”. Taribo West played for the Super Eagles between 1994 and 2006.”

During his illustrious career, he played for big European clubs like Auxerre, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Derby County among others, winning many laurels.

Taribo West played for the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, 2000 African Cup of Nations in Ghana/Nigeria, 2002 African Cup of Nations in Mali, 2002 FIFA World Cup in Korea/Japan.

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