Taribo West is a Nigerian former professional footballer who played as a defender. and popularly known for his various unusual and colourful hairstyles. He was born March 26, 1974 in Port Harcourt.
West began his football career after he was discovered by Monday Sinclair, who recruited him to play for Sharks. In 1989, he started playing professionally with Obanta United before returning to Sharks in 1990. He then went over to Enugu Rangers in 1991, before joining Julius Berger in 1992.
After winning several major trophies with Auxerre in French football, West went on to play for both Milanese clubs, Internazionale and Milan. He also appeared in the top level leagues of England and Germany.
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Internationally, West made 42 caps for Nigeria between 1994 and 2005, being a member of the team in two World Cups and two African Championships. He also represented his country at the 1996 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal. He was also among the 22-man squad for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, together with Jay-Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, and others. He equally appeared in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and 2002 FIFA World Cup.
In January 2004, West suffered an injury during the team’s training session that ruled him out of the African Cup of Nations. He returned to the national team on 17 August 2005, making his final appearance for the Super Eagles in a friendly against Libya.
Taribo is currently the pastor and founder of Shelter in the Storm Miracle Ministries of all Nations.