By Giovanni Wanneh
Football Writer, kick442.com-Cameroon
Former Inter Milan emblematic skipper and now vice president – Javier Zanetti has aired some cameos witnessed during his time with the neazzuri, with Taribo West at the center of the portrait.
Javier Zanetti was on his Instagram handle, having a verbal exchange with another ex neazzuri teammate Christian Vieri before recounting nostalgic moments with former teammate and Super Eagles center-half, Taribo West.
In an awkward encounter with the 1996 Olympic gold medalist, Zanetti stated that Taribo West invited the team to dinner, they arrived at 8-9 and he prayed. An hour, two, three hours. The squad went without dinner.
Deeper into the discussion, Zanetti revealed that West disappeared in January. Returned after a month and said: ‘I got married, a month of vacation is expected in my country.’
Taribo West could easily be picked out during his playing days due to his stylish – coloured hairstyle that was always symbolic.
West was the sort of ‘at your face,’ daring, old-fashioned, fearful looking defender who mastered and perfected his art for juggernaut clubs abroad, including Inter Milan where he scored once in 44 appearances from 1997 – 1999.
The 2002 AFCON runner up clipped his cleats in 2007 with Paykan FC after having played for 13 clubs, scoring four out of 164 appearances.
Taribo West was one who didn’t shy away from tough tackles, so, it seemed controversy always stared at the player’s face.
Even after calling it quit on the field of play, Taribo West has had to deal with post career questions of age cheating. In April 2013, Žarko Zečević, former general secretary of Partizan, West’ former club, said that the player is 12 years older than his claimed age. Shortly afterwards, West denied the accusation.
The latter is now a devout Christian and Pastor of the ‘Shelter in Storm Miracle Ministries of All Nation” in Lagos, which he founded back in 2014.
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