The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has sent birthday wishes to former Super Eagles defender Taribo West who turns 46 yesterday.
CAF celebrated alongside West alongside Cameroon’s Pierre Womé, Justice Majabvi of Zimbabwe and Michael Olunga of Kenya.
Happy Birthday to Pierre Womé, Taribo West, Justice Majabvi, Michael Olunga. Hope you have a terrific day!” CAF wrote on Twitter.
Born in Port-Harcourt in Rivers State Nigeria, West made his Super Eagles debut in a 3-1 defeat to Sweden in 1994.
During his time with the Eagles, West represented Nigeria at the Ghana/Nigeria 2000 and Mali 2002 Africa Cup of Nations.
West was also a member of the Eagles squad to the France 1998 and Korea/Japan World Cups.
He made his final appearance for the Eagles in a 1-0 friendly match win against Libya in Tripoli in 2005.
At junior level he was part of the coach James Peters-led Flying Eagles squad that crashed out in the group stage, at the 1993 U-20 AFCON in Mauritius.
In 1996 at the Atlanta Olympics he helped Nigeria’s U-23 Eagles win gold in the football event.
And at club level West played for Obanta United, Sharks, Enugu Rangers, Julius Berger, Auxerre, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Derby County, Kaiserslautern and Partizan Belgrade.
He won the French Ligue 1 with Auxerre and the UEFA Cup (now Europa League) with Inter Milan.