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My father wanted me to become a mechanic so I ran away from home – Taribo West

– Taribo West narrated his struggles growing up to become a footballer while he was recently given an award

– The Super Eagles legend revealed that he had to run away from home to fulfil his dreams as a player

– The central defender played for some of the biggest clubs in France, Italy, England and Serbia

The former Nigerian international said he ran away from his father’s house after being told he was going to be a roadside mechanic.

The centre-half fled home from his base at Port-Harcourt all the way down to Lagos in a quest to achieve his dreams as a footballer.

He went on to play 42 times for Nigeria including making an appearance at the France 98′ World Cup as well as AFCON 2000 and 2002 tournaments respectively.

Taribo played for some of the best sides in Europe including Ligue 1 outfit Auxerre, Serie A giants Inter Milan and AC Milan, Premier League side Derby County, Bundesliga club Kaiserslautern, among others.

He won the Ligue 1 title with Auxerre, the UEFA Cup with Inter in the 1997-98 season and the Olympic gold medal with Nigeria in Atlanta 96.

Onuachu came off the bench to score a late goal as Nigeria defeated the Crocodiles 3-0 at the Teslim Balogun stadium in Lagos on Tuesday, March 30.

The Genk striker grabbed his first international goal in an international friendly helping Nigeria defeat the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 on March 26, 2019.

 

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