Nigerian Legend Taribo West Celebrated At 46 by CAF, Milan

Former Super Eagles defender Taribo West has received heartfelt messages from his former club Inter Milan and the Confederation of African Football (CAF) on his 46th birthday.

The Nigerian legend is famous for his solid defensive performances and colourful hairstyles during his playing years.

Taribo, now a pastor, started his European career with Auxerre in 1993, having played for Nigerian sides Obanta United, Sharks, Enugu Rangers and Julius Berger.

The former Nigeria international spent four years with Auxerre, where he won the French championship and Cup titles before leaving for Italy to team up with Inter Milan and featured in 44 league games during his two-year stay with the Black and Blues.

In 2000, the Super Eagles legend joined rivals AC Milan and spend one season with the side, including a loan spell in England with Derby County.

The centre-back also featured for FC Kaiserslautern in Germany, Partizan, Al-Arabi, Plymouth Argyle and Paykan before his retirement.

On the international scene, West got 42 caps for the Super Eagles after making his debut against Sweden in May 1994.

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He was also part of the team that won the 1996 Olympic gold medal and played a key role as Nigeria finished as runners-up and third-placed at the 2000 and 2002 Africa Cup of Nations respectively.

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